Standards are important because they level the European single market and enable individual companies to sell to 27 countries. Governments develop standards First of all, governments agree on fundamental standards and by doing so they set the playing field for companies to trade. Then businesses come in and develop their products based on these.
I have spent a lot of time justifying staying in the European Union but I worry about the motivations for voting to leave the European Union. Are we becoming a country of bigots?
I want to write the definitive text on Brexit that would convince the other half of the electorate why we should be in the EU. The one great banger that would resolve everything, convince everyone, reverse this awful decision and take us back to the productive era before Brexit, before we were spending our time and energy talking about it.
Peace in Africa might be seen as a solution to racism in Europe – the argument goes that racism is a reaction to, but not created by, immigration. And yet immigration comes from African and Middle Eastern countries in difficulty. It follows then that racists are heartless people who care not to help their fellow humans.
Does anyone remember the war and how nationalism drove us apart – the EU is a solution for peace. It’s a great shame that Britain will no longer be part of that equation as they were a peacekeeper.
So Trump was elected and the UK is leaving the EU, both events unexpected and unwanted. If only Obama could have stood again. Whatever happened in the UK is surely a travesty of democracy, but also a travesty of what politicians can say to convince the electorate.
The leave campaign seems to be focusing on immigration as an argument for not being in the EU. I guess that if Britain leaves the EU that it could effectively close its borders to migrants from anywhere, EU or otherwise and that sounds on the surface quite a seductive idea – British jobs for British people. A closed system for a closed country.
The brexit campaign holds up the question of there being too much European legislation but they seem to forget the objective of legislation to establish and maintain norms in order to enable the free trade on which everybody depends.
As a Briton living in France, this issue strikes me as being vital for my future. I am a direct result of the European Union because I am one of those people who has benefited from European mobility having studied in France and now living and working here for nearly 20 years.