Brexit problems: What about the German beer and Danish pastries?

Amelia Oakley 25 April 2016

Unsurprisingly for a man who is seemingly so averse to using a comb, Boris Johnson has wound himself up in a knot of deceit and lies with the ‘Brexit’ campaign. His arguments, often based solely on economic and security grounds, are disingenuous, and neglect the important factors of science, culture, and education.

To hear the Brexit campaign call pro- EU leaflets “propaganda” is hypocritical, given their opportunistic approach. Before discussing the importance of the EU to science and culture, it is worth dismantling the rotten core upon which the Leave campaign is built. Leave leaders claim that Brexit would divert £350m a week into the NHS. The figure itself is wrong, since, even after rebate reductions, it barely reaches £161m. This is a drop in the quickly haemorrhaging blood-bag of the NHS. Hypocritically, Johnson has often asserted his belief in a fee-paying NHS. Don’t be fooled – they don’t have your best interests at heart.

The arguments to remain go beyond economic grounds. While it is true that if 10% of workers in the City lost their jobs, the government would lose around £3bn in employment taxes, the strongest reasons to remain lie elsewhere. The EU provides the frame for the continued fight against rare diseases, with the CTR enabling access to over 500 million patients.

As students, it is easy to forget the cultural and economic benefits of remaining in the EU. Our ability to study abroad, beyond enabling the consumption of yards of German beer and delicious Danish pastries, is proven to benefit future employment and awareness of other cultures. Similarly, the 125,000 students currently studying in Britain could fall by up to 50%, removing cultural exchange, numerous economic benefits, and leading to a destructive isolationism.

We must highlight these neglected arguments for remaining in Europe, say no to the ugly, reactionary boyband that is Johnson, Galloway, and Farage, and work hard to achieve a Europe to be proud of.