So, on June 23, we are going to be having a referendum to determine whether to stay in the European Union or go it alone; a huge decision for us all.
The bombardment of information has already started with some weird and wonderful statistics being bandied about in support both our exit and our non-exit (Bremain?).
It’s all very confusing and, to quote Homer Simpson: ‘You can use statistics to prove anything’.
I’ve got to admit I’m undecided because I don’t feel I know enough about the possible consequences for the UK, should we decide to leave.
I saw a quote from our MP, David Morris, who stood up in Parliament and declared that even though he is a Eurosceptic, he will be standing by the Prime Minister and voting to stay in the EU because Mr Cameron had stood by him in the past.
This got me thinking and made me realise that an issue as important as whether or not to remain a part of the world’s largest economy, deserves serious contemplation because it won’t only affect us, it will affect our children and future generations.
I did some basic research, because my knowledge of the EU is sketchy at best. I know, for example, that the design on my Strongbow cans had to be altered a few years ago to comply with an EU directive on packaging, which isn’t a good start.
Anyway, I’m big enough not to hold that against them, well, not for long. The EU is made up of 28 countries and together, forms the largest economy in the world. Now that’s impressive and we are currently members; that must be a good thing, mustn’t it?
I have to admit being part of this ‘club’ gives me a sense of belonging, however, if all of these countries are supposed to be our friends, why do we get so many ‘nil points’ when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest?
I also found out that in a recent poll of European countries, the one which came lowest in number of people wanting the UK to stay in the EU was Cyprus.
Why Cyprus, what have we ever done to them? So my first phase of research has only made me reach one conclusion so far: I’m not going on holiday to Cyprus.
It has also made me realise a lot of Brexit supporters seem to be motivated by their own dissatisfaction of their ‘lot’ and, for some unfathomable reason, they seem to think that coming out of the EU will solve all their woes in one fell swoop.
I have a number of friends who are actively campaigning already, to stay in and I’ve got other friends who already have the Brexit T-shirts.
However, I’m determined I’ll weigh up the pros and cons and make an informed decision based on what I believe to be in the best interests of the UK and the people who live here.