Stop blaming Europe

OP blogger Claire Thomas gives her personal opinion on the Europe: In or Out vote

LAST UPDATED: 7 Jun, 2016 @ 22:09

BRITAIN is said to give the European Union €350 million each week, and that money could help improve the NHS or the British economy.

brexit-sandcastle-2This has been constantly told to the electorate by Boris Johnson from the Leave campaign. But it seems like Johnson is making up facts and is misleading us all.

The EU referendum is drawing closer and the tension between Conservatives is becoming apparent.

I look forward to 24 June when it will all be over, because I’m fed up of switching on to the news and hearing the same facts and figures being repeated over and over again. These figures are misleading.

What angers me the most, is that there are British citizens, including expats, that are voting to leave Europe because they don’t like how Britain has become. If you’re an expat, surely you wouldn’t care about the state of the country as you left it to move to Europe!

Recently a news reporter interviewed members of the older generation and asked their views. They all said that they will be voting to leave the EU and said they wanted their country back!

Why is everyone blaming the European Union?

I’m all for tightening up border control and security but I don’t think Europe is to blame for everything that is wrong with the UK. Why not blame local and central government? They run the country.

Was it the European Union that said they wanted primary and secondary schools in England to become academies? No.

Did the European Union turn round to the steel workers at the Scunthorpe plant and say they weren’t prepared to buy out Tata Steel? No.

Everyone needs to stop blaming the EU and think about how better or worse off they think Britain will be when it comes to voting day.

As a young person and an EU resident, I am voting for the UK to remain in Europe. I feel, in my opinion, that it’s the right decision. I also feel that it will affect my generation and future generations more so than anyone else.

I’m not here to influence anyone’s opinion or vote, I’m only giving my view, and my views will not be the same as everyone’s.

But ask yourself this, is the European Union really at fault here?

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Originally from Kent, I moved to Spain with my parents when I was 10 years old. I was thrown into the deep end when I was put into the Spanish education system with no grasp of the language. I'm now 22 and my friends all call me an “Española”. Since passing my Bachillerato (English Baccalaureate) I have worked in shops and bars and I have also taught Spanish to ex-pats. I have a keen interest in writing as well as travelling and one day I hope to become a writer.


  1. The lead article ‘stop blaming Europe’ is as misguided as it is totally incorrect, the EU is undemocratic and 50% of UK laws are made in the EU, whilst the economies of the EU have stagnated (due largely to undemocratic laws and policies being imposed in Brussels) the UK economy has bounced back without any input or EU assistance, the % share of trade that the EU handles with the world is shrinking whilst the UK’s is growing, Germany is the dominant EU power, the UK fought two world wars to free the UK and Europe from German domination only to see the creeping domination return. VOTE OUT

  2. Howard, nothing can be “totally incorrect”, because that would require you to have 100% correct facts, and that is clearly impossible on a subject as complex as Europe. Fact is that the Brexit campaign does keep blaming the EU for just about everything, even for problems the UK created. For example, the UKs illegal immigrant problem is not the EUs fault. The “migrant magnet” effect is of the UKs making. The EU did not make the UKs over generous benefits system, or the NHS (btw the NHS spends £1.8 billion on non-EU patients, and just £300 million on EU patients, so EU migrants are not draining the NHS.)

    “What angers me the most, is that there are British citizens, including expats, that are voting to leave Europe because they don’t like how Britain has become. If you’re an expat, surely you wouldn’t care about the state of the country as you left it to move to Europe!”

    Not quite. As a British expat I do care very much about the UK and what it has “become”, however what it has become is primarily due to successive UK governments. Here in Spain, there is no migrant magnet effect, so the UK needs to do what Spain does.

    Being an expat does not mean not caring about your country of birth. That is the typical Daily Mail reader nonsense. Many British expats have friends and family in the UK, and of course also have an investment (property) in the UK and return to the UK for part of the year (myself included). That connection to your birthplace is never lost. Just because you move home does not mean that your place of birth is not important to you.