We can stay ‘separate’ within European Union
I will be voting in support of the United Kingdom remaining part of the European Union on June 23.
I have listened carefully to the many debates over the past number of weeks and I am probably as confused as anyone around the facts and figures promoted in support of a particular referendum preference.
What I am convinced of, though, is that those supporting a Brexit are asking the people of the United Kingdom to, in effect, jump over a wall without having any clear understanding of what is on the other side.
So, we should reflect on how much better our society is compared to 40 years ago and that there is no reason why it should not continue to prosper inside the EU if we take up the challenge of dealing properly with the many real issues highlighted in the debate, rather than walking away from them.
At the same time, I would argue strongly against the “ever-closer union” ideal promoted by some.
“Separate, but together” is a better concept through building a sense of interdependence between countries by respecting and encouraging a constructive form of nationalism.
Holywood, Co Down