Sunday, 19 June 2016

After ‘Brexit’: Leaving the UK?

Let’s imagine the following:

A scientist from continental Europe relocates to the UK, partly at least due to the membership of the UK in the EU. He (or she) lives and works in the UK for a decade, gradually moves all of his belongings to the UK and eventually becomes a UK citizen.

In the Brexit debate, the ‘leave’ campaign’s most successful argument is that we need to stop continental Europeans coming to the UK. The majority of the UK population follows this view and votes for Brexit.

So ‘after Brexit’: emotionally, the scientist just wants to get away from the UK – to anywhere else in the world, be it a university in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore etc.

Of course, rationally, the right decision is (or rather: the right decisions are) not to leave …