I plan on making it more interesting by sticking in random gifs and generally being my wacky self.
So stay with me! I WILL make this interesting... somehow.
So, if you live outside the UK, or under a rock within it, let me explain: we're having a referendum on June 23rd to decide whether we leave the European Union (or EU for short.)
The EU is not just about migration!
(No, really, that's just the bit the media and politicians distract us with because they don't want us to ask real questions.
I'm not a conspiracy nut, I'm a pragmatist with A-levels in Media Studies and Law. One of my topics for Law was the EU - a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and all that jazz.)
'What has the EU ever done for me?!' - I hear you cry.
(If you live in the UK, it's more than you think.)
Well, dearest nerdlets, let me give you just a few examples:
- Because of the EU, we don't need a Visa to travel or work abroad in Europe - this means that weekend getaway to Paris or that job in Ibiza over the summer is quicker and simpler to achieve. No paperwork, no rejection of your right to work in that country.
- Because of the EU, we have strict bans and controls on the use of pesticides - this means that chemicals that have been found to be harmful to bees, for example, are banned or regulated.
- Because of the EU, we have more access to further education - many universities throughout the EU offer reduced rates, or even free tuition, for EU citizens. We have more access to studying abroad, and broadening our horizons.
- The EU gives grants and funding to projects and organisations, for various purposes, throughout it's member states.
- Because of EU arts funding, many UK projects have been financed - from the drama Hinterland/Y Gwyll, to Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas (and if you don't like Shaun the Sheep, you are NOT British,) from university arts programmes, to theatres, to film. Our culture has benefited from the EU.
- Trade, business, and imports/exports are easier in the EU - just trust me. They are.
- Because of the EU, we have standardised workers rights. We are protected by these rights. Things are hard enough in this country, but luckily we have the EU watching our backs. Thanks to the EU we have the right to 4 weeks paid leave per year, and we have the right to statutory rest and breaks.
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