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Brexit - It's All Double Dutch to Me!

The referendum is close now but I still don't know which way I'll vote. Maybe some (not-so) subtle questioning from my daughter will help

17/06/2016

 

In or out?

I thought I was being really clever when my daughter came home from school and asked me to explain some things about the EU Referendum. She wanted to know the differences between the Leave and Remain campaigns. She was keen to know each side of the debate, why you should vote either way, and what would happen to Britain afterwards, depending on the result.

Of course, I knew exactly what to tell her. Leave means we could take back control of our borders, and allow us to make our own decisions again about finances etc. and Remain means we could carry on pretty much as we were. Ask me if I know which way I'm voting however and I would say no. I've done my best to listen to both sides but, like many others, I remain undecided.

Start them off young

That wasn't good enough for her. Since her teacher had encouraged the children to go home and ask their parents all about the Referendum, I was bombarded with a myriad of questions to which I had no clue how to answer, despite them coming from the mouth of a nine-year-old:

"Are we being controlled too much by the EU government?"

"Well, yes, we do give a lot of our decision making power to them."

"Who will control us if we leave?"

"Our own government."

"Why is that better?"

"Errr.."

"Will we still be able to go on holiday and go up the Eiffel Tower?"

"Yes, of course. Nothing will change"

"But they won't like us anymore."

"They never really liked us in the first place."

"Why?"

"Errr.."

Dreaming of Nigel Farage in a pink beret...

I quickly realised I hadn't been paying nearly enough attention to the odd news soundbite and two TV debates I'd managed to watch.

In my defence, it was hard to concentrate on what everyone was saying with Eddie Izzard going all out to distract in his pink beret and red nail polish. All I remember from that debate is thinking how funny it would be if he and Nigel Farage swapped outfits. Also, even to my untrained ear, Eddie didn't exactly deliver a resounding argument. When he wasn't pantomime squabbling with Nigel Farage, his strongest and frequently repeated standpoint was something like, "it's better to be all together, united in humanity." A lovely thought.

I found myself imagining the inside of Eddie's head as a vista of rolling meadows with people of all creeds and colours hugging each other against a backdrop of hopping, fluffy bunnies. Farage on the other hand I imagined standing on the White Cliff's of Dover waving an enormous flag emblazoned with the words "Get Lost, We're Full!"

Letting the young decide

A strong case for both sides I think. Either way, I've proved to myself once again that my brain clearly works on a very basic level when trying to ingest important facts and arrive at an ultimate conclusion. Perhaps I really am suited to the Eddie camp? Then again I really like Farage's confidence, his single vision and direct, no nonsense belief in his argument.

That's it! I know what to do on the day. I'll let my daughter decide.

Jayne, Working Mum and Freelance Editor

 
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