Prime Minister David Cameron has been having informal discussions with various European leaders regarding Britain’s membership in the European Union. We walked around Oxford Circus to find out what people think about Brexit as Cameron tries to restructure Britain’s relationship with the EU.
Natasha Bauer, 25, a student from Salzburg, Austria says: “I wasn’t aware that Britain may leave the EU. I planned to move to England after completing my course. If Britain leaves the EU the whole procedure of migrating will be complicated. My dream will never come true.”
Cameron has proclaimed that the EU referendum will be held before the end of 2017. If Britain does decide to leave the EU, this may alter the economic and political panorama for both Britons and Europeans.
Leaving the EU may solve immigration problems, and reduce the taxpayers encumbers, as their tax contributes to the EU’s fund.
Here, Swati Mehta, 29, student at Warwick University, agrees with the above statement: “The EU is messed up anyway. It is not going to help Britain if they do stay in the EU. They might improve financially as well. If Britain does leave the EU, it will change the human rights policy and they will escape the Human Rights Commission.”
However, a counter argument persists as well. Exiting from the EU would cause economic disarray and lead to the loss of jobs for Britons working in the EU.
Megan Crow, 16, Blackpool, strongly believes that Britain would benefit by staying in the EU: “Britain shouldn’t leave the EU. We should stay and help other countries financially and take part in the migrant crisis.”
To clarify all these queries, Mark Carney, governor of The Bank of England will today elaborate on the financial repercussions if Britain leaves the EU. He is scheduled to deliver a speech today, at St. Peter’s College in Oxford at 6PM.
Words and Photos: Sanjana Raman and Catherine McMaster