Britain is set to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union. The new deadline is effectively Oct. 31. There are various options for the politicians to consider—including abandoning Brexit altogether. There are “soft” options that would permit Britain to remain loosely connected to European trade rules.
Opponents to Brexit claim that the country’s economic base will suffer citing to companies that have jumped ship and moved their operations to other countries, and Fears of medicine and food shortages in a no-deal departure persist, the New York Times reports.
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Truth be told, where Brexit is concerned, younger voters and corporate types are mainly concerned about potential revenue losses and how that will impact their lives. Older voters, most who are conservative, don’t like to be told what to do by the EU trade officials—most who are from other countries.
Another major factor is that under EU policies, more immigrants are becoming citizens in Britain and are perceived to be a threat to workers. The immigrant “problem” has galvanized a populist movement, not unlike President Trump’s base, within the conservative sector of voters.
We believe that Britain should withdraw softly from the EU: By softly, we mean that specific trade tariffs and rules could be lightened on a case-by-case basis.
The focus on the immigrant crisis is real and should be addressed: Estimates are that 500 immigrants become citizens daily in Britain—such numbers obviously have an impact on labor issues—particularly unionized members.