As the deadline for Brexit negotiations gets ever closer, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Government is in disarray and Parliament is reaching deadlock on the Prime Minister’s deal. The impact of Brexit will be vast and varying, and the impact on students will be particularly palpable.
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Brexit may be awful, but we've had a vote. We can't just decide to have another just because we don't like the result. We must not alienate the (over) half of the country that decided to leave. The remain campaign was almost as dishonest as the leave campaign. Also, I am not enamoured at all with the idea of sharing a platform ('the peoples vote') with murderous war criminals such as Tony Blair.
I would not allign myself with Tony Blair nor Boris, but that is the reality of a split decision. All parties are to blame for brexit but it will be the poor who suffer the most. If people really believe in democracy then what is wrong with asking the people if they have changed their mind whilst they still have a chance to do something about it. Happens all the time within business. People will suggest a partnership, a deal will be agreed between parties but unless signed off by the board of directors it doesnt happen. They are not our leaders, they are out representatives for this deal and they should be asking their leaders (us) what we want to do.
i'd rather the guild focus on doing something about mitigating the disastrous effects of Universal Credit on vulnerable people across Merseyside. How will remaining in an unformed EU- the inevitable consequence of a 'remain' vote in a people's vote- do anything to alleviate working class alienation at neo-liberal globalization ?
There is really no valid reason to proceed with Brexit and there never was, the campaign itself is based on false information and is driven by xenophobia. People with a vastly over-inflated sense of the UK's position on the world stage perhaps based of visions of 'the glory days of the empire' or 'the war' have been tricked into believing the pure fantasy that a small nation would be better off isolating itself from it's closest neighbours. The reality of the situation is that a few politicians have decided to make a point of whipping these people up into a frenzy then 'delivering on their promises', just this once right? The people of the UK will be worse off after Brexit, regardless of whether there is a deal or not. Asking people to vote on Brexit again now that we are clear what it will likely mean is the best scenario to either get off this trainwreck-waiting-to-happen, or double down. If people have changed their minds, there's nothing wrong with that and if the people that wanted to leave, still want to leave then another vote will change nothing.
I'm pro-brexit. Yes it will result in short-term economic instability due to the lack of certainty (we are the first country to do so) but this doesn't mean the UK will suffer from brexit, rather it will (especially in the long term when our student days a long behind us) allow the UK to thrive. The reasoning the leaflet cited for supporting the peoples vote are largely incorrect. Study Abroad opportunities would not be significantly limited, we have some of the best and most sought after universities in the world and as a result many countries would want the UK to provide their students with visas to study here in the UK. Foreign countries would not expect the UK to offer student visas to their citizens if they didnt offer the same in return for UK students wanting to study abroad. Moreover, our university is particularly well connected with China, Canada and America, countries which are not members of the EU and so ones that would not be affected by Brexit. As the UK puts more money into the EU than it gets in return (although the exact number is difficult to calculate we know we defo put in more) it is fair to say that any EU funding, such as funding Liverpool gained when made the EU city of culture, could equally be provided directly by the UK government rather than it being diverted to the EU and then back to us. For example, Hull gained significant funding when it became the UK city of culture, the UK should be able to control the movement of all its funds to projects of its choice, not that by the EU. The idea that people who voted for brexit are xenophobic is also a false claim. UKIP and Brexit supporters wanted to control the border, not close it we're not BNP or EDL supporters. Immigrants make a great deal of contribution to the country, especially in the NHS, and are certainly a good thing but its fair to say you can have too much of a good thing and over population is a real concern especially as we are a small country when compared to bigger countries like Germany. Countries should have the right to control their boarders, if an electorate vote in a government that support freedom of movement they should get open borders, such as the Germans. But if a country votes in a government that wants restricted immigration like Hungary, the hungarian government should be able to implement its mandate and not told what to do by the EU. The EU was originally the ECC when we joined, it was about trade not politics and frankly its a very logical decision of ours to not want to be a part of it anymore. A final argument in favour of leave is due to how the protectionism of EU states have screwed over those in LEDCs in Africa. When Spain had a bad year producing oranges their supply was less and so prices rose. African, South American and Middle Eastern countries that also produce oranges should have been able to take advantage of Spain's shortfall and offered their products at a cheaper price than Spain's. This would both support these LEDCs and but also support the UK's poorest, ensuring prices for products stay low. This applies to all products, solar panels sold at a high price by Germany mean tariffs are placed on cheaper Chinese alternatives. This is simply dumb. and I don't understand why anyone would want to remain. We voted leave for a reason, so now it is team we left. The only 2nd referendum we should be discussing is if we should have a referendum on May's deal or no deal but remain is no longer an option and cannot be considered.