The referendum will be held on Thursday, 23 June, in which, we the voting public get to decide whether or not Britain should leave or remain in the European Union.
What is a referendum?
A referendum can be held about almost anything. It normally looks to resolve a simple yes or no answer.
In this case if more than 50% say yes to Europe, Britain will remain in the EU. If more than 50% say no to Europe, then GB will be out. That’s the simple part!
Incidentally, the reason we are having the referendum is because when the
Prime Minister won the General Election, he had already promised to hold one, (in the event that the Conservatives won the 2015 election) and partly in response to growing calls from his own Conservative MPs and also the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Both UKIP and elements of the Conservative Party asserted that Great Britain had not had a say since 1975. It was then that the country elected to stay in the Europe (again this was through at referendum).
They state (quite correctly) that the EU has changed a great deal ever since then. They say that it has gained additional control over our daily lives.
The European Union
Known as the EU normally, the European Union is a political and economic partnership which currently has twenty-eight European countries as members.
The whole thing started after the last world war, and the idea was that, with two world wars in just over 20 years, the notion was that countries that trade together are most likely going to steer clear of going to war together.
Since then, the whole thing has evolved beyond recognition. It now has the Euro, its own currency. (As of writing this there are 19 countries in the EU that have the Euro as their own currency)
The EU also has its own Parliament, which sets rules and laws around many aspects of the member nations’ lives including things such as transport, and the environment.
And so the question for all of us voting public.. Do we stay in or Do we vote out?
There is a lot of information, mis-information and spin around both sides, and often the general British public are caught in a fast flowing river of political shenanigans.
Unlike a general election, however; there will not be an opportunity to right a perceived wrong a few years later. This one seems to be for keeps.
Choosing which way you vote is, as always, a personal decision and one as they say ‘between yourself and the ballot box’. But it is essential to make the best informed decision you possibly can. Not just for yourself, but for generations to come.
Matt Barker – MD of CSB Logistics, is taking part in a Brexit Debate.
If you are yet to decide, or if you have decided and just want to feel certain, it’s a good place to listen in to the debate.
You can find out more here