Michael Carberry, a long term British citizen resident abroad in France, does not have the right to vote (due to the 15-year-limit) but is well-qualified to comment (you can view his profile in his first of three articles “The Great Mistake”) on the EU Referendum and the possibility of Brexit.
The second of his three articles Reflections on Brexit 2 The Great Delusion shares his thoughts on Brexit in the run up to the EU referendum, to assist those still with the right to vote to make more sense of the issues underlying the current debate.
He concludes with the reality of the Brexit Delusion that if Britain wished to continue trading freely with Europe (as even UKIP say they do), then Brexit would change little except in one important respect i.e. that Britain would in fact have less control over its future, not more:
” Britain would no longer have a voice in the shaping of EU legislation and the future development of the EU. It would lose its seat on the Council of Ministers where, as a major European country, the qualified voting system gives it a much stronger voice than most other member states. It would lose its representation in the European Court and European Parliament and its participation in official level meetings in Brussels. It would also lose its veto on the accession of new member states such as Turkey. It would in fact have less control over its own future, not more. That is the reality of the Brexit delusion.”
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