Londoners Take on Brexit

Being a journalism student in London immediately calls for you to be up to date with all the local and international news at all times. The one thing that has caught my attention of late is the Brexit phenomenon i.e. Britain’s exit from the European Union, if at all they end up leaving. It’s been a constant news topic for the past few weeks and as Britain gears up for a new referendum, the decision to stay or leave is already causing disparity within the Conservative Party.

As a class assignment, we spent an afternoon in Central London gathering different opinions from the Locals about their thoughts on Brexit. I partnered up with my classmate Peter Adams to get people talking about this and compiled the article below.

The People’s Opinion

People along the busy streets of Regent’s Street in Central had varied opinions in regards to the upcoming referendum. Brexit, as the referendum has popularly come to be known involves Britain’s decision to leave the EU. The Bank of England will on Wednesday present a speech that will spell out the financial repercussions of Britain leaving the European Union.

Before this happens, my colleague and I decided to tally some of the varied opinions heard along the streets of central London.

Ryan, a sales manager smoking outside a pub on Regent Street, had quite a lot to say… “There are pros and cons to Britain’s ultimate decision. It all comes to down to what value it is adding to the country. The transparency isn’t enough for people to understand. It isn’t about who’s for it or who’s against it, it’s about educating the people on how it will benefit them in the long run.” When asked what he thinks will happen at the referendum, he confidently said that Britain will stay in the European Union even after all the negotiations are done.

A quick walk to the Oxford Circle tube station led to meeting Rafael, a waiter who was sitting by the newspaper stand waiting on his friend. His thoughts on Britain leaving the EU were plain and simple – he had no comment.

Britain’s exit from the EU will have its financial consequences on the nation, if at all it does decide to leave and the government is doing all it can to prevent that and maintain good rapport with all the other European States. From our little survey it seems that some people do feel strongly about it while others will carry on with their lives as usual come referendum day.

What are your thoughts about this Brexit conundrum? Do you think Britain needs the EU or is she better off without them altogether…

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