The Worldly Votes Remain

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So much has been written by both sides of the EU debate that it is hard to know what else can be said.

One thing that is beyond doubt, is that this Thursday’s vote is incredibly important. Britain’s relationship with the European Union affects the lives of everyone in this country, as well as Britons abroad.

As the debate has slowly become increasingly personal and vitriolic, The Worldly has continued to engage with the debate, whilst trying to detach itself from the persistent rhetoric of fear.We have sought the opinions of esteemed academics, considered the motivations behind the referendum, called for young people to participate more and evaluated the merit of the economic arguments of both sides.

We have sought to coalesce our content around what we, as a magazine, set out to achieve: to educate; inform debate; to allow young people to have a voice on serious issues and to inspire others.

This does not mean that this magazine has no position on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Having considered the arguments of both sides, the evidence laid out by experts and the contributions of our writers, The Worldly Magazine votes Remain and we implore our readers to do the same.

Our decision is one based on hope, optimism and progress. We need to avoid the scaremongering and negativity which has mired both campaigns. A vote for remain is a vote for a more stable Europe; one which promotes the rights of individuals, which upholds democracy, fosters cooperation and champions diversity.

Our growing community of writers, editors and readers are a diverse group. Some of our most insightful arguments, best commentary and most original content has been written by students from France or Sweden. In the same way that we wouldn’t choose to reject their work for its foreign credentials, Britain must not reject the European union. This magazine believes in partnership and collaboration. Therefore, it is our instinctive belief that together that we achieve more than we can alone.

The twenty-first century is rapidly becoming the century of connectivity. Turning our backs on globalisation doesn’t mitigate its affects, we must do all we can to champion the positives of our ever smaller world and combat the negatives together.

A vote for remain is not an admission of a belief that Brexit would cause a third world war, or that three million jobs would necessarily be lost. Instead, we believe that a vote to remain is an affirmation of our shared European values and history. Remaining is not a declaration that the EU is perfect, but rather that Britain has more influence across the world when its at the heart of decision making.

Your vote on June 23 should not be a reflection of your feelings on the current government. Despite disillusionment over the much vaunted renegotiation process, this vote is not equitable to a general election. The outcome of this referendum is permanent, especially if we vote to leave.

Some of our recent contributors have set out eloquent and reasoned cases for Britain to remain.  Our Chief European Correspondent, Harry Wilby, has described the UK as a ‘core European nation and the only nation large enough and critical enough of the current European project to fundamentally transform it from the inside.’ Indeed, we must continue to value the importance of inclusion. It must not be forgotten that the European Union has brought stability, peace and wealth to Europe.

It’s not glamorous and at times it is easy to see the EU as nothing more than a maddening, faceless, bureaucracy. Yet , it is a maddening bureaucracy which successfully ties together over 500 million people with a shared belief in democracy, human rights and civil liberties. It need not be so quickly snubbed.

Britain is better off within an organisation which more accurately exemplifies British values than we might sometimes like to think.

It magnifies our voice across the world and champions the values that we all hold dear. We shouldn’t turn our backs on a unique club which has taken decades to build. Ultimately, walking away doesn’t solve some of the most pressing issues facing the continent, and us: economic stagnation, the refugee crisis, conflict in the Middle East or the challenges to democracy posed by extreme governments in Poland or Hungary.

Britain must remain at the head of the table, as the lynchpin of a group of nations which can tackle these problems together. The Worldly votes remain because united we can stand, but divided we might fall.

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