27 Mar 2017 12:32:
I personally find the whole aspect of separation of the United Kingdom in this manner sad, as there are many on an emotional level who perceive our country as one large "family of people" with long lasting traditions yes, but common values, a civilised way of life in the main, with laws and regulatory structures in place that have taken hundreds of years to develop and adjust to changing circumstances.
But on a more practical level, a United Kingdom in transition via devolution of Parliament's, endeavouring to better address the fairer distribution of common shared resources across our "family" nation.
Some may argue rightly that this has been well overdue, with a north/ south divide born from an unfair distribution of finances, but that is no reason to separate our family of people, moreover it is all the more reason to recognise that we are better off working together as one family and resolving the financial disparities in a fair and civilised manner.
The comparison to Europe is far more complex, however, given each member state at this moment in time has its vastly different evolutionary stages of development, values, and regulatory structures ( or lack of !), each with its own widely differing governmental structures, and economic and social priorities at this moment in time.
But more importantly, each with a need to manage effectively its own financial wellbeing, currently struggling under the existing eurozone system which denies member states the ability to adequately react to financial crises, given their differing levels of debt, their state structures and commitments, their regulatory Banking structures, etc.. , the "pure but complex economics" if you will.
And this appears where there is great misunderstanding of how these complexities play their essential part in the effective wellbeing of CITIZENS within the various European member states.
An educative article may go a little way to explain these complexities and what has " gone wrong" with the current eurozone system, which we should all not be afraid to recognise or analyse in a fair and rational manner, if we are ever to resolve how best to move forward to resolve the complex issues in an orderly and civilised manner, so as to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes following the democratic decision of the UK to leave the European Union ( not abandoning Europe ).