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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.

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The part of Brexit that is not fully understood is that the only part of the UK that wants to leave is England. Scotland and Northern Ireland overwhelmingly voted to stay and lately Wales has also expressed that wish.

Irrespective what happens now the UK is broken with England, through an overwhelming number of M.P.s at Westminster calling the shots. This will not end well and even after they leave the EU the story will not be ended.

I kind of agree with you Tom T. I susect that Brexit will accomplish what Napoleon, Kaiser Bill, Hitler and the IRA failed to do, break up the UK. As the Australian born child of British immigrants the UK is a part of my heritage and Brexit saddens me. 

The part of Brexit that is not fully understood is that the only part of the UK that wants to leave is England. Scotland and Northern Ireland overwhelmingly voted to stay and lately Wales has also expressed that wish.

Irrespective what happens now the UK is broken with England, through an overwhelming number of M.P.s at Westminster calling the shots. This will not end well and even after they leave the EU the story will not be ended.

Brexit is important to us and we should care.

Britain is Australia's fifth largest trading partner.. our major exports to the UK are gold and lead accounting for more than $3.6 billion annually.. followed by $413 million of wine exports.

I care. I hope they get everything sorted and Britain powers on finally. Hoping October exit goes well  

‘I have a lot of respect for Theresa May. She had an impossible job. But she never gave up. 

So Oz in Or you say you don’t care, why did you bother with the article if you don’t care, what is the point that you are trying to make? As for travelling to the UK and having less than a perfect reception at the airport, but saying you enjoyed your experience to the US and being welcomed at the airport, I think it’s great that you got a good reception, but be assured it’s not always the case, LAX has long been described as the worst airport in the world with the worst ground staff, now I don’t know if the description is accurate, I haven’t been to that many airports around the world to compare, but I have been to LAX a few times and the description is certainly apt on the rudeness part. As for the reception you received in the UK all I can say is that I was born in the UK, but I don’t hold a UK passport, I only have an Aussie passport, and like you I had to line up with the aliens, pre the UK entering the EU the queues for aliens was extremely long, but once they joined the EU the queues were much shorter, in fact in many instances we got through quicker than the locals, might have just been lucky, depending which airport you enter the UK the experience would be different, Heathrow was once the busiest airport in the world. There is an organisation called CANZUK an acronym of Canada, Australia,New Zealand and the UK, they are trying to create a free movement agreement for each of those countries. I thought it was wrong that the UK ever joined the EU the Labour Party at the time were completely against the idea, but it was forced onto the people by Edward Heath, the year after entering the EU they held a referendum which was accepted by a huge margin. What I have always found a bit suspicious is that Germany and France first mooted the idea of a united Europe in 1948 just 3 years after the end of WWII and the UK were excluded from any discussion, in fact De Gaulle the hero of France who hid away in the UK while his country men died in resistance actually vetoed the UK joining the EU, it was only after his death that the UK was successful in joining the EU. Many people consider the UK joining the EU was the worst decision they ever made, if you look at some of the stats pre and post the EU you will see some startling results, for instance, pre joining the UK produced over 24 million ton of steel per year, Germany produced 32 million ton of steel per year, today the UK produces less than 7 million ton, Germany produces over 38 million ton per year, the car industry in the UK doesn’t exist anymore most car companies are now owned by other European countries as well as India, Japan and Korea, UK water is owned by the French, the energy industry is owned by French and German companies, I don’t know where the UK has benefited from becoming a member of the EU, I am sure there must be some area that has improved, but I guess I can understand why a majority of people wanted to leave, only time will tell if leaving is the right move.

Just got back from the UK, Scandinavia and Europe and they are all over this comical disaster and the English are so embarrassed. They all again now know how the UK Parliament is an absolute farce and the so called Politicians are pathetic lying twits...The Tories are a laughingstock and the Labor Party is a fence sitting bunch of gutless headless chooks..

We don’t give a fig about Brexit and are far more concerned with the slippery slope we are on in our country..

I was a kid in ww2 and we had German prisoners of war everywhere in UK,I was broken hearted when they left. They taught me that hard work never harmed anyone

In farming later I was fed up with shoddy  Uk machinery and union restrictions  ,I ended up buying all German equipment ./When I came to OZ in 83 ,I discoverd that it had truly caught the "English disease "Motor industry advertising 4 on the floor ,I,d been driving EEC cars with 5 gears  for 15 years,,,My first car in 83  in OZ was 3 on the floor Holden .The unions had damned everything,,, the car ,ship and wharf industry,,,Thank God Hawke slowed it down, Now we have a million Sekkas ruining everything ,wages are double the Us, high rise buildings are falling down,idiots are proposing to build electric cars and submarines here again and they will all be over 2x budget

When I was 10 I could see Britain and Germany should have gone together and to hellwith the rest

Britain should have left but with the  trade agreements which May had achieved  ,,,, the hard Right howled and now UK is done for ,it cant solve the Irish problem,There will be miles of trucks rusting away  at customs ,the Banks have alreadyleft for Frankfurt and New York and both UK parties are going into oblivion

I was a kid in ww2 and we had German prisoners of war everywhere in UK,I was broken hearted when they left. They taught me that hard work never harmed anyone

In farming later I was fed up with shoddy  Uk machinery and union restrictions  ,I ended up buying all German equipment ./When I came to OZ in 83 ,I discoverd that it had truly caught the "English disease "Motor industry advertising 4 on the floor ,I,d been driving EEC cars with 5 gears  for 15 years,,,My first car in 83  in OZ was 3 on the floor Holden .The unions had damned everything,,, the car ,ship and wharf industry,,,Thank God Hawke slowed it down, Now we have a million Sekkas ruining everything ,wages are double the Us, high rise buildings are falling down,idiots are proposing to build electric cars and submarines here again and they will all be over 2x budget

When I was 10 I could see Britain and Germany should have gone together and to hellwith the rest

Britain should have left but with the  trade agreements which May had achieved  ,,,, the hard Right howled and now UK is done for ,it cant solve the Irish problem,There will be miles of trucks rusting away  at customs ,the Banks have alreadyleft for Frankfurt and New York and both UK parties are going into oblivion

Hey has anyone read 'The Converstion"today ???

Its daily  contributions posted by anarchist University leaders,One has said that Labour also wanted to drop the Term deposit and similar investments to zero interst to incite retirees to spend the money which would put life back into the economy,,and we are worried about Brexit ha ha 

Hey has anyone read 'The Converstion"today ???

Its daily  contributions posted by anarchist University leaders,One has said that Labour also wanted to drop the Term deposit and similar investments to zero interst to incite retirees to spend the money which would put life back into the economy,,and we are worried about Brexit ha ha 

gerry, which country are you talking about?

gerry, which country are you talking about?

From what I understand they voted to leave the EU then the politicians -- and dont there seem to be a hell of a lot of them packed in like sardines -- changed their mind and toppled the PM.

So have they ignored the will of the majority of the voters?

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