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AB Editor | 17:56 Mon 15th Feb 2016 | News
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Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

  • Leave the European Union - 124 votes
  • 75%
  • Remain a member of the European Union - 42 votes
  • 25%

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OUT! ASAP, hopefully before Turkey get in.
Of course I voted out- only sane thing to do IMO. The problem is that we are the older, thereby more experienced, generation and I learned tonight that the up to 35yrs. are all for staying. Of course they have no knowledge except of life as it is in the EU.

Who is going to tell and persuade them?

I absolutely forbid anyone on AB from dying before the referendum OK?
Sorry, Ed. didn't do your No. 1 issue. FREEDOM that's all.
Seems to have been some movement since you last asked
Obviously out. If we stayed in we would get more of the same. But worse, sold down the river. We know what it is like being a member, and it is blatantly unfair to the UK population. So it's a no brainer....OUT.....
I voted out, it is time we made our own rules.
Not surprises from me - OUT ASAP.
I think it's about time that the UK sorted out it's own law & not be over ruled by Brussels, I was going to say we could be the laughing stock of the world, instead of, "We are the laughing stock of the world" I'm glad I'm on the way out & god knows what's before my 13year old Grand daughter.
Without a doubt, "Out"
I think jourdain2 at 22.19 yesterday is correct. The younger generation seem to be more likely to vote to stay in.
I get the impression that most of us that participate in the AB news section are at least middle aged, so maybe this poll isn’t a true reflection.
According to an ITN poll (last night’s news) it’s 49% stay, 41% leave and 10% undecided.
92 Votes posted but only 31 posts. Out.
Not many comments from the 'In' brigade here. I'd like to know their reasons for voting to remain 'In'
Yes, I think that [the idea tha tthe AB demographic is a bit skewed towards "no" voters] is fair. Although it's more than a little patronising to assume that the decision of the younger generation to (in general) remain in the EU is down to their lack of experience, rather than, say, careful considerations based on certain practical and philosophical concerns about the direction the UK and the world should be heading.

It might just as well be argued that it's the older generation's loss of connection with the modern world that puts them out of touch in a way that encourages them to take a backwards step. Although, of course, I wouldn't dream of thinking anything like that.
Jim, what are those // practical and philosophical concerns about the direction the UK and the world should be heading.//

And why do you see an ‘Out’ vote as a ‘backwards step’?
I would ask should we have gone in in the first place .If yes make it work if not then come out .Simple
Thanks for this AB Editor, strangely when I came on this morning I was going to ask you to start a poll.

Well according to jim360, I suppose I may be one of those who have lost connection with the modern world and which has put me out of touch in some way, but I have not completely lost my marbles, so with all those other sane people I say 'OUT'.

Out - We should never have gone in in the first place.
Seems strange that most left leaning persons wish to side with Cameron and stay in, but the right leaning persons have no wish to follow their leader.
The philosophical concerns, at least, are easy to express: in a world that's getting increasingly more connected, it makes more sense to embrace that rather than to resist it. Leaving the EU moves in the opposite direction, then, to the way things are developing. Also I think the "time we took control of our own affairs" argument is somewhat bogus. From any individual's democratic perspective the net effect of leaving the EU would be to increase the level of your voice from about 1 in 500 million adults (ie practically insignificant) to about 1 in 50 million (ie still practically insignificant). The UK parliament might gain more control, but I would have no greater influence over it (not to mention my opinion that it's not nearly representative enough, so that arguably I have even less infleunce than in the (roughly) proportionally elected EU Parliament).

Practically I think it's a lot more nuanced, and I can certainly appreciate that if you don't buy the above philosophy then the current practical benefits of the EU are not enough to justify remaining a member. There is a certain amount of self-interest in the decision, too. While my own funding is from a UK institution, many of my scientific colleagues are part of collaborations that depend in whole or in part on EU funding and EU projects (or, indeed, are EU citizens). At least in the short term, these would certainly be heavily disrupted on leaving the EU. It's probably in everyone's interest to preserve these as much as possible come what may, but the point is that certainly such collaboration is easier as a member of the EU than not. The freedom of movement is a benefit, too, as the central experiments are often not based in the UK, requiring people to hop over there regularly (even though the UK isn't a part of Schengen, travel to the EU is still fairly easy currently, and that relative freedom would be at least uncertain if we left).

There's more to it than scientific self-interest and debatable philosophy, to be sure. But, as I said, the practical concerns are more nuanced -- the recent response to the migration crisis has been worse than useless, as I'm sure I've said before. I'd argue, though, that this is because the EU isn't enough of a Union, rather than because it's too much of one. Countries had an annoying habit of reverting to national interests rather than co-operating to resolve the issue. It's been quite painful to watch, certainly.

There are other things I have in mind, but I'm trying not to ramble on too long this time -- particularly because, as I say, if you don't buy the philosophy then I don't think the benefits are enough to persuade anyone to remain. From my point of view, the EU is a) the right direction in an increasingly global world, and b) useful in various practical ways, but I don't think it would be fatal or catastrophic to leave it, at least not in the long-term.

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