BRISTOL: Leaving through the Brexit door

The majority of people are focusing on the present day issue of whether to stay with or leave the EU, but to take a look to future is to see where the real impact lies. If you look about yourself, it is easy to notice where the problems lie and to realise what will actually change for the British residents.

Jack Lopresti, a local MP in Bristol, wants to vote for British independence from the EU, as he says that, ‘we are a great country and could be better still if we take back control.’ To give an impression of what Britain would be like to be wholly independent, we take a look to the future with Jack Lopresti’s perspective, to see what benefits are in sight for Britain.

“Our membership of the European Union costs the UK over £350 million per week, I think we would be better off keeping this money and spending it on our armed forces, infrastructure, schools and hospitals.”

There would be more money for the NHS, which means better services for the British citizens, increase of pay for the doctors and nurses who work away each day despite being undervalued and an increase of facilities available to those who cannot get seen to when they need help or support. Schools would have better technology and buildings, under-privileged schools will have an increase in funding and therefore will be able to improve their educational services and teachers will receive pay rises that are deserved and will improve their loyalty for the schools they work in. The Armed Forces will have better weaponry, transport and pop-up accommodation that will make their trying jobs a great deal easier, there will be a better chance of survival as there will be an increase of medical supplies and after-care treatment for the soldiers who fight for our country every day. All in all, our necessary services will improve and the focus on our own country will increase our national pride.

“EU regulations also cost UK businesses over £600 million per week.”

Single market legislation means that businesses in the UK are required to pay out lump sums of money, such as £4.6 billion a year for renewable energy directives (producing energy from renewable sources), £3.4 billion a year for climate and energy directives (measures to prevent climate change) and £1.5 billion for investment fund regulations (payments required by investors), according to The Telegraph. If the UK leaves the EU, there will be more money available to build up these businesses and improve their trade. There will be greater means to pay the workers of these businesses a higher salary, increasing active output and therefore creating a full circle with more money being generated. Rather than missing out on trading abilities within the EU, there will be opportunities to trade with our countries that are outside the EU without restriction, with a freshly developed relationship with Europe based on Britain’s own choices.

“Our country cannot accommodate the current rate of immigration.”

There will be an increase in the control of the borders, which means that there will be in-depth assessment of those migrants who are entering our country. Individuals who are attempting to enter the UK will be evaluated to gain an insight as to why they want to enter the country and will be given a background check and denied access if necessary, such as if they are have a criminal record or a danger to the British society. Individuals will be required to gain work or family permits to permanently settle in the UK and the stricter guidelines will mean that more work, healthcare and homes will be freed up for British citizens. There will be little effect on UK expats and holiday home holders in European countries, as private property will still be acknowledged. This means that British people will be in the focus once again, and the opportunities available in the UK will be available to British residents first.

Once Jack Lopresti’s points have been analysed and assessed, you can recognise his decision to leave the EU. The focus is on the independence of Britain, rather than the relationship with the rest of Europe, and the direction of the money that would be saved if Britain chooses to exit the EU. It cannot be argued that there will be a rise in funds for the UK’s needs, and it might be the necessary choice made to put Britain and its people first.

Libby Beacham

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