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Should the UK have remained in the EU? Show more Show less
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Now that Brexit has happened, the UK has officially left the European Union. As the transition period continues and the effects of the decision to leave the EU begin to be felt, we will begin to be able to evaluate whether it was the right choice. Is the UK really stronger upon leaving the EU? Or would it have been better off to remain united?

No, the UK should have left the EU Show more Show less

For numerous reasons, it was the right position that British citizens voted to leave the European Union.
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The UK strengthened its borders by leaving the EU

Membership in the EU allows seemingly unchecked travel between all of the countries within the union. This free travel leads to increased terrorist activity. The UK strengthened its borders by leaving the EU and not allowing foreign agents to terrorize its citizens.

Context

After the attacks of 11 September 2001, terrorism increased across the western world. Many British citizens believe the free travel between EU states facilitates an increase in violence. These Brexiters believe that the UK strengthened its borders when it left the EU.

The Argument

A central component of membership in the European Union is that citizens of EU countries may travel freely between any EU state.[1] This rule led to increased terror attacks on countries like the United Kingdom. Brexit allows the UK to control its borders and strengthen its fight against terrorism firmly.[2] Additionally, counterterrorism efforts from EU members pale in comparison to the efforts of the Five Eyes – the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. These global connections remain unaltered after Brexit.[3] The main reason why the EU counterterrorism efforts are less successful than those of the Five Eyes is that not all EU members fully cooperate with every country. Both of these factors are the reasons why the UK strengthened its borders when it left the EU.

Counter arguments

The inability to share information – especially intelligence concerning terrorism – between countries hurts all European countries.[4] Much of the western world is under attack by both terrorist and Kremlin-backed forces.[5] The UK’s decision to leave the EU weakens its borders. Former heads of both MI5 and MI6 (Jonathan Evans and Sir John Sawers, respectively) believe that the UK is less safe after Brexit. Sir John’s primary reasoning behind this conclusion is that Britain will no longer partake “in decisions that frame the sharing of data,” presenting a critical vulnerability that the UK now faces.[6] Brexit weakened the UK’s borders.

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  1. https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/history_en
  2. https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-would-brexit-affect-counterterrorism
  3. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-uk-security-will-we-be-more-or-less-safe-a7058551.html
  4. https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-would-brexit-affect-counterterrorism
  5. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-uk-security-will-we-be-more-or-less-safe-a7058551.html
  6. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-uk-security-will-we-be-more-or-less-safe-a7058551.html

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