Brexit opponents are doing everything to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union. Reportedly, people across Europe formed kissing chains using iPads and exchanged kisses in a desperate attempt to prevent Britain’s exit from EU.
The kissing chain started in Rome and passed through Berlin, Paris, and London. Britain votes on June 23 on the option to leave the 28-member European Union, and polls show the rival campaigns are in a dead heat.
According to The Quint, “Over 400 people got together in London, sharing kisses with each other, symbolizing the love between Britain and Europe.”
People across Europe including Berlin, Paris, and Rome, kissed each other, urging Britons to remain a part of the European Union. Their intent was to express strong love between Britain and Europe and to discard hate campaigning ahead of the EU referendum.
The European Union is the world’s most powerful union, and the Brexit referendum is the toughest decision Britons have confronted in decades.
Reportedly, Britain’s Brexit referendum on Thursday has triggered uncertainty across Europe and the rest of the world on the future and stability of European economy. Economists believe the idea of leaving the EU could potentially have worldwide economic effects.
If Brexit happens, reports predict a major political reshuffle in Britain, a new prime minister, and a totally unknown future for both Britain and Europe.
“Most financial markets still believe Britain will vote to remain (regardless of the polls), the impact of a Brexit vote is likely to be considerable. The pound will almost certainly fall significantly, as will share prices, with banking stocks and multinationals hardest hit,” The Independent reported.
Britain’s conservative prime minister, David Cameron, set the Brexit referendum although he is against the idea of leaving EU, which gained momentum largely by the fear of immigration, especially from Eastern Europe. Cameron warned Sunday of an agonizing punch to Britain’s economy if it leaves the EU.
European Union regulations allow people from Eastern Europe to settle in Britain. Reportedly, parts of the U.K. which strongly favor Brexit are getting anxious that unabated immigration is exerting a massive strain on housing, jobs, and public services being overwhelmed by Eastern European migration.
Meanwhile, the murder of the pro-Europe, pro-immigration Labour MP Jo Cox, allegedly by a neo-Nazi supporter, is expected to affect the EU referendum. Reportedly, her death has reaped attention to the loopholes of the Brexit campaign and the recurrently hateful and bigoted nature of the leave side’s propaganda.
According to USA Today, “New polls in the wake of Cox’s murder have Remain voters on top again.” Reportedly, the tragedy has upset the chances of Leave advocates and a late swing is palpable in favor of remaining in the bloc ahead of Thursday’s vote, but the race remains close as the Brits seem evenly divided.
Leading supporters on both sides of the debate raised their stake for and against staying in the EU in television and newspaper interviews.
Social media users on Twitter also expressed divided opinions on the Brexit issue.
The possible exit of Britain has the EU worried that Brexit referendum will trigger a precedent for other nations wanting to leave. Seemingly, it will be tough for the EU to convince countries who are demanding the same privileges.
Notwithstanding the kissing chains in favor of a united Europe and strong campaigns against Brexit, should Britain vote in favor, it is unclear to what extent the exit will threaten the EU.
Whatever the outcome on Thursday, it is clear that the referendum marks a fresh political and economic churning for Europe. How the European Union handles the Brexit outcome will be a test that may define its future for years to come.
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