Brexit, in or out? In any case we must see changes as an opportunity.

Today, 23rd of June 2016 could potentially be a pivoting day for the UK, Europe and the world. On this date British citizens will cast their vote in a referendum and decide whether or not they wish to remain in the EU.The term used to describe this referendum is Brexit and it is an abbreviation of “British exit” that mirrors the term Grexit (Greek exit) coined by the economist Ebrahim Rahbari.

Throughout the UK, the population is being bombarded by different opinions and conflicting information given by either the “bremainers” (those who wish to remain) or the “brexiters” (those who wish to leave). The opposite positions seem to be backed up by data and information that is often contradictory and sometimes seem full-on invented, so how can a voter decide which choice is better? The main problem with the Brexit is that a decision of such importance, a decision of such political and economical worldwide consequence, should have never been put in the hands of the citizens. Decisions such as these can have a positive outcome only if they are taken by experts, people that have been elected because of their knowledge of the matter and who have an idea of what is at stake and what the issue is actually about.

So how have we reached the point of having a referendum? The current prime minister, David Cameron, promised to hold one if he won the 2015 general election, in response to growing calls from his own Conservative MPs and the UK Independence Party (UKIP).This referendum will have long-lasting effects both for internal affairs and external affairs but not everybody resident in the UK can take part and cast their vote. British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who live in the UK, along with Britons who have lived abroad for less than 15 years, are eligible to vote. Commonwealth migrants from 54 states — including ­Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan and Nigeria — can join the electoral roll as long are they are residents in the UK. Unlike the general election, Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar are also eligible to vote in the EU referendum. EU citizens resident in the UK will not be allowed to vote.

One of the most pressing questions is what will happen if the vote will be in favour of leaving. Unfortunately nobody really knows. The government is currently preparing for both possibilities but no changes will be possible for at least the first two years. In any case, the most realistic projection is that no changes will happen for at least ten years.

The only sure issue is that whether people will vote with their hearts or with their brains, this vote will be one of the most important of our lives.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy”

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