Why should I care about Brexit?
WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT BREXIT? – I am Australian. I grew up in Australia. In primary school we had an assembly every morning in which we pledged allegiance to Great Britain and the Queen. We travelled to England without problems. Many young people went there to work for 12 months. Then came the European Common Market, followed by EU membership. Many Australian businesses suffered, especially agricultural businesses. The Tasmanian apple industry crashed. Family businesses ceased to be. The only solution for sheep farmers was the live export trade to the Middle East, for which we were heavily criticized, but had no other option. Our wool was sent mainly to China. When we arrived as tourists at Heathrow Airport, we stood in a long slow line of “foreigners” while people from many European countries were processed in the fast lane.
Despite all that America is criticized for (and much of it deservedly so), when I moved there for 5 years I was greeted and welcomed cheerfully as an Australian from day one at LA airport. I was told I could collect my luggage from the man “just over there”. He was a huge African American, and I said “you must be ‘The Man’. He said, “Oh yeah! I’m ‘the man’ for sure!”. He slapped me on the back and with a big smile he said, “You’re an Aussie! Welcome to America!". I applied for and was granted my green card in just a few months. So UK, stay in the EU or leave because, guess what, I don’t care.