Do you think the UK can cope being outside of the EU?

Not judging by the recent stock crash because that was always known to happen, it's a short-term effect which can be reversed. Our pound is weaker but we are still one of the strongest currencies haha.

  • Yes
    75% (6)57% (12)62% (18)Vote
  • No
    25% (2)43% (9)38% (11)Vote
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  • Only time will tell... what needs to happen is a serious reform of our Government. A fuck load of things could have been changed without leaving.

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    • Yeah but they wasn't really listening to us, now this shit happens because of it. If only they listened.

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    • @RandomBritishGuy94 I don't agree there should be a second one. We all had our chance, although I do know a few people who felt they made the wrong choice on the day...

    • Thanks for mho :)

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  • Depends what you regard as "coping". Will the UK drown in poverty, crime, revolution and anarchy? Nope, certainly not. Will it become more difficult for the UK economically and will there be more poverty and unemployment? Yes, absolutely.

    Economically speaking, the decision to leave the EU was certainly a bad choice. By not being part of the EU anymore, the UK has basically three choices when it comes to trading:
    - Stop trading altogether. I think we can all agree that's not an option for ANY country on this planet.
    - Pay billions of pounds for the custom duties in order to be allowed to trade with EU countries.
    - Make an individual free-trade agreement with every single EU country like Norway and Switzerland did. However, there are several problems with this option. First of all, making an individual agreement with every single country in the EU takes time. A LOT of time. During this time, the UK economy is basically fucked. Secondly, while getting around the custom duty payments, the UK will still have to pay hundreds of millions of pounds to the EU every single year as a permission to have these free trade agreements. Thirdly and most importantly, in order to be permitted to make free trade agreements with EU countries, Britain will be obligated to adhere to ALL EU guidelines while at the same time having no rights whatsoever when it comes to political participation and the making of these guidelines. This is a big problem that Norway and my country Switzerland also struggle with. Switzerland's businesses don't always like the guidelines they have to adhere to and if we were a member state of the EU, we could at least politically influence these guidelines and decision but the way it is now, the EU basically just tells us "look, either you do what we tell you to do or you go ahead and fuck yourselves".

    I'm not saying that the UK will only have disadvantages from leaving the EU but economically speaking, it definitely wasn't a wise decision.

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  • Sure, at one point they were the biggest empire in the world. So I'm sure they can handle it.

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What Guys Said 14

  • The UK is a great nation and the majority of British voters rejected the fear-mongering from the Remain folks that the sky would fall if they voted to leave. Britain has been around a hell of a lot longer than the EU, and now the British people can choose their own course. Congratulations to the Brits!!!

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    • I'm not sure though, David Cameron has resigned as prime minister or is going to in October and Scotland is thinking of leaving the UK and joining the EU

    • The SNP would have to independence if it thinks it could win regardless of this vote. It's what the whole parties setup to do. That she's taking so long to say it and not outright calling for one says a lot. Not only is she unsure Scotland will vote with her but she knows breaking a union they do 90% of their trade with doesn't make sense to stay in the EU. Add to that the uncentanty that the EU would allow them to stay because there is no rule saying they will (it's the UK's membership and in the independence referendum the EU was clear in saying only the UK may stay or leave and Scotland wouldn't be a member) she's trying to walk a knifes edge.

  • Yes of course we can. The majority of the world isn't in the EU.

    There was always going to be a run on the pound. When you have our own prime minister says peace in Europe is at stake (it wasn't) among other things you have to start wondering how people will react.

    The economy will be fine. Even worst estimates say we'll grow. The big difference will be seen in EU policy where the UK was part of a free market group with Germany and other northern states. They'll be much more protectionist now because the socialists have a majority in the EU parliament.

    It's also telling how out of touch the EU is when you have Brussels saying we need to get the negotiations over with and every leader calling for claim and time to think. The federalist are just too out of step with the rest of the EU.

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  • They've have existed the without the EU for hundreds of years. They created the worlds largest empire. They don't need them.

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    • You can't compare the 18th century and its geopolitical atmosphere to the 21st century. We don't live in a time anymore where you can just land at the coast of India or North America with a big fleet and say "alright mates, this land now is ours".

    • @BlueCoyote You can't but it's also easier to trade and talk to allies. The WTO sets out clear rules, and we have a permanent UN seat so it's not like we can just hide from the world.

      We'll still be around. The EU isn't really a player outside of market based stuff.

    • @BlueCoyote okay well look at Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland. Great, successful European countries that aren't in the EU. Why would the UK not able to do as well as them outside of the EU? The point I'm making is that the UK has always been strong and will remain so.

  • The UK never needed to be in the EU it's pretty separate from everything the EU does already.
    It's a huge economy with over 65 million people. I think Germany is the only bigger European country population wise.
    The UK can hold its own

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  • Of course they can: They're in the Comonwealth (1bn inhabitants more than the EU)

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    • But remaining in the Commonwealth won't solve what they see as an immigrant problem. A community of 1.6 bn people can send them more immigrants than the EU with its 650 mn inhabitants.

    • And for the EU it will be easier to live without the continuous UK demands for exceptional treatment.

  • Depends on the trade deals they are able to work. They lost spot of leverage so it's not looking too god for them.

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  • Sure, who needs trading partners right next door?

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  • How is this a question even cameron admitted we can survive outside the EU.

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    • Because i wanted other people's opinion, problem?

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    • Scotland might leave the UK to join the EU...

    • It won't collapse, what the question should be is will be better off...

  • well it did before 1973... yes.

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  • Sure, the country will not explore.
    Still, a silly thing to do in the long run.

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    • I mean both stay and leave had advantages and disadvantages but i would of voted remain if i was older.

    • : / o well, at least you can see far away...

  • yeah, why not? its not like they used euros or something.

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    • Whether you use Euros or not doesn't matter much in the type of globalized world economy we live in. To give you another example: loads of countries in Europe and elsewhere are dependent on the value of US government bonds and the value of the US dollar although none of these countries' currency is the US dollar.

    • @BlueCoyote thats true but their people will not have to adjust to a new type of currency.

  • Yes. I read there will be trade agreements with other countries in no time.

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  • Yes the UK is a strong independent nation who don't need no EU

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  • lol 3%/2% is a stock crash? lmao

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