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Old 29.08.2016, 14:39
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The decisions the EU enforces on its member states often negatively impact its communities and cultures in ways they neither asked for or want. I happen to respect those communities and cultures. I think the EU contributes to social incohesion and needs to be curtailed. Its been overdue, and Brexit has moved it in the right direction towards reform. The EU would not listen any other way.
Speaking from a UK point of view, the EU has actively contributed to and indeed resurrected social cohesion and communities by financing redevelopment in derelict areas. The fact they've not put a big fat plaque on a wall for all to see doesn't mean they've not been there in the background.

A resident in a town in Cornwall was mid-rant about the EU on the TV news before the referendum asking what the EU had ever done for him and his area and the reporter pointed out the leisure centre, renovated technical college and the retirement home behind him were paid for with EU money.

"Yeah, but they're all used by immigrants!"

A lot of very deprived areas in the UK had life breathed back into them from EU funding, which otherwise would have been left to rot.
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