In – Out – Shake it all about. European Union vs The Globe

As I sit to write this I am genuinely undecided. What should I have for lunch, where shall I call home, who shall I vote for in the European Referendum ?

The question is set out as

A ddylai’r Deyrnas Unedig aros yn aelod o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd neu adael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd?
Aros yn aelod o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd
Gadael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd

Oh! You you need it in English

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
Remain a member of the European Union
Leave the European Union

There are no third way, no lets just be friends for the sake of the kids here. Which makes the speculation of the future even tougher.

Ruth says they have learnt a lot from the Scottish independence referendum which is applicable to the European referendum. Phrases such as

  • “Well both sides are just as bad as each other, really.”Me by Eric
  • “At the end of the day, I can’t see it making a real difference.”
  • “I tell you, I’ll be glad when the whole thing is over.”

Perfect. I  don’t have to worry about reading the endless analysis which doesn’t actually deal with the fundamental issues of how should humans self organise themselves. Should the advantages of a nation state be London, England, Britain, UK, Europe or the Globe ?

Forget about ripping the political parties apart, it is tearing me up. I could explain using  listicals where number x is so unbelievable you would have to share this post. We could even debate factors more relevant to a technology blog, but  lets consider the one that has driven the agenda. Who chooses which people we allow on our temperate green island ?  Strictly come dancers, footballers or directly relevant to this blog, technologists ? Voting Out might mean we get to choose in a balanced way between an Italian or Indian coder for your latest project. Vote In and it means no additional paperwork to get your technology team staffed by those Italians, as my friend Ross has been doing for his eCommerce venture in London.  Dr Andreas Dengel from DFKI, which is a German research centre for artificial intelligence speaking to Wired Magazine saying he wants open scientific borders for all, it is “something we shouldn’t underestimate”, arguing that allowing Pakistanis to come and work in Germany is just as important as ensuring free movement for Poles.

Immigration, Economy, Trade, Education, Health, Working Directive rights for Robots or visa free access to Ski slopes. If we had the opportunity to really organise a larger more global system than just Europe, out it is. As it is with no clear next chapter there is just a lot of doom and gloom. Stay in and we are subjected to a European project that is unwieldy, complex, difficult to influence or comprehend. European partners who didn’t want Britain to join in the first place and still hasn’t allowed Turkey to join. Staying In also means continued Daily Mail hysteria.  Go out and we set off on a completely unknown path with no hope of ever winning Eurovision again.

Either way I know that British people will muddle through. While complaining. Perhaps as an integral money laundering lenders in the heart of Europe with a thriving fintech sector or as radical technologists breaking down democratic borders and capitalist structures sat just on the doorstep of a Europe superstate.  A technologist can dream can’t she ?

I know what I am having for lunch (chicken tikka masala ) and that London will always be home, but in or out ?  As long as we shake the European Union all about, we shall be making progress.

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