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A Call for Unity: United Kingdom's Return to the European Union

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

by Ram ben Ze'ev (Conservative Values)

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union in 2016 was a momentous event that brought about uncertainty and division. As time has passed, the consequences of Brexit have become increasingly apparent, with economic challenges, strained international relationships, and a sense of isolation. In light of these issues, it is time for the United Kingdom to reassess its position and seriously consider a return to the European Union. Here I outline the reasons why the UK should embrace this opportunity for unity and collaboration, emphasising the benefits of rejoining the EU.

First and foremost, rejoining the EU would provide significant economic benefits to the United Kingdom. Brexit has caused disruptions to trade, negatively impacting businesses and consumers alike. By reentering the EU, the UK can regain access to the largest single market in the world, fostering trade relationships and facilitating the movement of goods and services. This would lead to increased foreign investment, job creation, and economic growth.

Moreover, the EU offers numerous funding opportunities, such as research grants and infrastructure projects, to which the UK would regain access. Collaborating with EU member states in areas like scientific research and innovation would amplify the UK's potential for advancements and technological breakthroughs. Rejoining the EU would re-establish the UK as a leading player in the European economy and amplify its global influence.

Rejoining the EU would allow the United Kingdom to regain its position as an influential player on the global stage. As an EU member, the UK can participate in the decision-making processes that shape Europe's policies, ensuring its voice is heard and its interests are protected. By aligning with other European nations, the UK can collectively tackle global challenges such as climate change, terrorism, and migration.

Furthermore, rejoining the EU would strengthen the UK's bargaining power in international trade negotiations. As part of the EU, the UK would be part of a larger bloc, allowing for more favorable trade agreements and increased leverage with global economic powers like the United States and China.

The European Union represents a unique platform for cultural exchange and social integration. Rejoining the EU would enable the United Kingdom to reconnect with its European neighbors, fostering cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. Freedom of movement within the EU would provide opportunities for British citizens to work, study, and travel more easily across Europe, enriching their personal and professional lives.

Moreover, EU membership provides access to diverse educational programs, such as Erasmus+, which promote student mobility and collaboration. These initiatives offer invaluable experiences, allowing British students to study abroad and gain a deeper understanding of European languages, cultures, and traditions.

The United Kingdom is not just a collection of nations but a union of distinct countries with shared histories and intertwined destinies. Brexit has strained relations between the UK's constituent nations, particularly Scotland and Northern Ireland, where a majority voted to remain in the EU. By rejoining the EU, the UK can address these divisions and help preserve its own unity.

Rejoining the EU would give Scotland and Northern Ireland an opportunity to maintain close ties with Europe while remaining part of the United Kingdom. This would alleviate concerns about borders and trade disruptions, while also acknowledging the democratic will of these regions. It is crucial to recognize that unity within the UK is not just an aspiration but a practical necessity for its prosperity and stability.

The United Kingdom stands at a crossroads, facing numerous challenges that have emerged since Brexit. Rejoining the European Union offers a viable solution, bringing economic prosperity, political influence, cultural integration, and most importantly, preserving the unity of the United Kingdom. It is time to set aside past divisions and embrace a future of collaboration and partnership. By returning to the EU, the United Kingdom can regain its place on the global stage and create a brighter and more prosperous future for all its citizens.


Bill White (Ram ben Ze'ev) is CEO of WireNews and Executive Director of Hebrew Synagogue

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