The United Kingdom is not leaving the European Union—yet. However, this past week the EU and the UK agreed on limited UK involvement. This step is one of many that leading to the referendum date for June 23 where the general populace to decide whether or not the United Kingdom will remain with the European Union (NY Times). Although this date is far away, many of the early polls show a growing disparity among citizens.
The referendum battle pits those who believe Britain is better off in a formal union with Germany, France and other countries against those who see Britain as a proud island nation better capable of managing its affairs on its own. – AP
The UK has participated in the EU, but as a distant leader. The country seeks to shape and promote Europe’s future, but remains isolated from the Eurozone and the Schengen Agreement on inter-country travel.
Prime Minister, David Cameron, is among those suggesting that the UK remain with a part of the EU. Membership will lead to an increased “protection against crime and terrorism.” It will also help the UK to take charge, show Europe a new way to flourish: independence. For the EU, an exit by the United Kingdom will present many challenges.
Those that oppose the EU membership fear that the UK could lose its identity as the EU grows into a super state. However, the EU’s power has come with its share of problems that focus around its large bureaucracy and its burden sharing. The recent immigration crisis has increased state welfare payments, and increased border concerns for all EU members. Furthermore, the Greek crisis shows the precarious structure of the Eurozone.
The big question remains: should the UK leave the EU?