Brexit may be a worry for some expats, but to most of the world, including British voters, it’s much ado about nothing.
Prime Minister David Cameron leads the ‘in’ campaign, while the MP and Mayor of London Boris Johnson is heading the ‘out’ faction.
It’s been revealed that each side has a £7 million budget to spend on persuading voters to agree with their point of view – while the government has spent another £9.2 million publishing a leaflet explaining the pros and cons of Brexit that will be delivered to every household.
That’s at least £23 million spent on an argument that frankly no one is that bothered about.
Brexit is an internal squabble of the Tory Party and an artifice by Cameron to silence those among his ranks who continually stir up trouble for the Conservative Front Bench.
Voters don’t care
Cameron committed to a referendum, which is still a good few weeks away on June 23, 2016.
He did so knowing that labour, the trade unions, Scottish Nationalists, Welsh nationalists and just about every other man and his dog except Tory naysayers and UKIP would vote to stay in.
That means the referendum is a sham because the yes campaigners can’t lose.
The other advantage for Cameron and his coterie of elite Tories is the debate smokes out any anti-European supporters and stands as a black mark on their prospects for political advancement.
It’s not the topic of conversation around dinner tables, in works canteens or in the pub.
People simply don’t care whether Britain stays in the European Union or not.
Brexit arguments same from both sides
Satirical magazine Private eye summed up the arguments, both sides agree that regardless of the referendum, Brexit will:
- Allow the government to control the country’s borders
- Be good for the economy
- Create more jobs
- Make the country safer
Brexit is a smokescreen for a Tory party civil war that is costing the country millions that is likely to be followed by a night of the long knives within the Conservatives as the losing side is culled by the winners.
Cameron will remain unaffected – he has already announced he is stepping down from leading the party and as prime minister.
Old prime ministers tend to fade and die, generally with some lofty honour that consigns them to the House of Lords.