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Brexit or Br…emain? Either way you look at it, the UK referendum on EU membership is perhaps the most dominating headline in political news of late. Not only this, it is a decision which will be facing every British citizen (and perhaps EU resident in the UK) at some point in the not too distant future – whether we want it or not. However, the fundamental issue with the EU is people seem to be arguing over what it should be – and this has has the general populus arguing over what it is anyway – a trading zone, a inter-governmental political union or a federation? The answer? A little of everything. So perhaps it’s better to look at what it is and what it has the potential to be before we make a judgement at the future voting booth.
So time for a little history. The EU is described by Wikipedia as a ‘politico-economic union’. In layman’s terms it is a sort of ‘state’ comprised of other sovereign states originating from an economic union. It’s origins lie in the aftermath of World War II and the ideal of a peaceful Europe. It was thought that if European states relied on each other for trade, they would be less likely to wage war on each other. This eventually resulted in the creation of the ECSC – the European Coal and Steel Community, which developed into the EEC – the European Economic Community. Both being the foundation of the European Free Trade area – the feature we most commonly associate with the EU. In 1993 a treaty (called the Maastricht Treaty) established the familiar ‘European Union’ moniker along with the concept of EU citizenship – which, in essence, is the creation of the EU we are a part of today.
It’s a sad time for the student activist movement. As a graduate of the University of London this year, I was fortunate enough to be a member of its quirky, yet unique structure which effectively allowed me to be a member of two universities for all of my three years of undergraduate life. Like the United Kingdom itself, the University of London was never designed in its current form, yet being a university made up of colleges which were effectively universities themselves, provided a unique edge. Not only did it offer double the facilities, it also allowed students to be members of two student unions at a collegiate and University level catering for collaboration of the future’s best out of 130,000 students, university-wide.
However, this is soon to become more difficult, with the University making its last move to dissolve the University of London Union (ULU) at the beginning of this month, along with its investigative University-wide newspaper. I happened to be assistant news editor of the paper in its last year and I have to say I’m quite shocked at the University’s decision to pull its funding along with the rest of the union. As Europe’s largest student newspaper, it provided an excellent springboard for the future’s best journalists along with providing some valuable alumni to the institution.
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