On Thursday 23 June 2016, Britain will vote to decide whether or not we stay in the EU. For many this may seem like a decision that won’t affect them personally, but it would be foolish to think that this public vote won’t have a huge affect on Britain’s future. Whether it’s an increase in prices or more paperwork when trying to go holiday, there is no doubt that the question of Brexit is one that every British citizen will be involved in, and therefore one that we should try to be as informed about as possible before voting.
If you’ve been following my blog then you’ll know that I’m spending the year interning in Paris and it only dawned on me recently how difficult it might’ve been to organise my year abroad if Britain wasn’t part of the EU. I was able to apply for internships in France without the need for a working VISA, I didn’t need a permit to stay and getting here was just a matter of hopping on the Eurostar. Nobody really knows what would happen if Britain left the EU, but I doubt finding a job in France would have been quite as plain sailing. What’s more, I currently have Erasmus status, benefitting from their grant and the French housing grant (the CAF) as well, which I assume would not have been possible if Britain was not a part of the EU. I’m sure that pretty much every other modern languages student that has to take a year abroad is also benefitting from these things and without them, living abroad may not have been possible. Working in France has been a great experience both professionally and personally and there is simply no better way to learn a language. If I didn’t have the opportunity to learn French in France, I probably would have picked a different degree subject and God knows what I’d be doing right now…
I’m willing to bet that many of you out there haven’t done a great deal of research into Britain’s history with the EU, how it has affected our country (both positively and negatively), or the possible effects of Brexit. If this isn’t a topic that interests you but you want a quick and fun way to learn some of the facts then the following video will be perfect for you. The Financial Times have come up with an EU Pub Quiz to help you make an informative decision in a few months time.
Test your knowledge of the EU:
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*This post was written in collaboration with The Financial Times. All opinions are my own.