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Over the last few years, I’ve been following the Brexit issue unfold. Being a British citizen (as well as an Australian citizen), I guess I’ve had more of an interest in it to most others who live outside of the UK.
I’m of the opinion that the UK shouldn’t leave the EU. Many would agree with me, and many would disagree. And that’s ok. That’s their opinion. I believe that being in the EU is responsible for a large part of the UK’s wealth. Yes, the UK is a financial net contributor to the EU in the order of tens of billions of pounds a year. Sounds a lot, and it is. However, the financial gains, flowing back to British business and companies, have probably dwarfed that.
Generally, though, my interest is more from a travel point of view. Currently, being a British citizen, I can travel, and work, throughout the EU, for as long as I like. Once, or if, the UK leaves, this suddenly changes. My EU visits will be limited to a maximum of 90 out of 180 days. Not very convenient for a future round the world cyclist – I’m hoping to cover as much as 15,000-20,000 km, unbroken, within the EU. Brexit will mean having to leave the EU after a total of 90 days, and not being able to return until 90 days later. Still, all said and done, I can work around it. Would make it a little more expensive, though, and I guess I’ll be seeing a lot more of the UK than originally planned.