Saturday, May 21, 2016

Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union: poison for the debate – ZEIT ONLINE

The countdown is on. In five weeks, the British decide in a referendum whether they leave the EU or not. At a time in which even a slight price decline of Apple shares represented as “historic” event, one could easily underestimate the importance of the British referendum on 23 June. But an exit of Britons would be a similar turning point as the Treaties of Maastricht (1992), which ended in Euro. the Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union is charged According debated.

have fueled the debate even German-managed company. Manager of Airbus, Siemens and BMW written to all UK employees – and warned explicitly against the consequences of the Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union.

An exit would increase production costs “and could therefore affect the employment figures have “, says the letter from the Chief of the British BMW subsidiary, Torsten Müller-Ötvös. In her view, the manager clarified on it. Threw light into the opaque facts. In truth, they have interfered with blatant threats in a way into politics, who do not deserve.

But what is the consequence if an employee – for any reason whatsoever – argues for the exit? Will he then fired? Or otherwise outlawed? Even the thought experiment shows that the letter arouses the impression that German companies wanted to extort their workforce.

Even if that should not be meant as, it’s deplorable and suspicious. For too long, companies have been silent and missed in the past decades every opportunity to advocate publicly for a more democratic and transparent EU. Instead they have invested millions to operate in Brussels lobbying, and laboriously negotiated draft laws where torpedoed always possible.

This item is from ZEIT no. 22 from 19.05.2016. “” The current TIME you can at the kiosk or buy here.

In normal times, the interference of the company would have been okay.

But times are hysterical. Prime Minister David Cameron, who is against the escape, prophesied was lumped the economic decline of Britain and would not even rule out that the Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union could lead to a third world war. Meanwhile compares the Tory MPs Boris Johnson, the EU and the lust for power of Napoleon and Hitler.

Viewed objectively, the Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union-trailers have the weaker arguments. They compete with pretentious promises. For example, they guarantee that Britain would retain even after an exit unhindered access to the single market. This is bold, because no one can be the result of any exit negotiations predict. After all, Brussels and London would it take two years. In other words: The egress proponents have the image of a future design of the shape of which they can not have the slightest idea.

contrast, have the proponents of EU with Britain much easier. You can manipulate with facts. The single market guarantees European businesses a competitive edge. It ensures the free flow of capital, technology, know-how and skilled labor.

Instead, some companies operate from the continent of Angstmacher rhetoric and threaten that the UK is excluded by tax barriers from all sectors of the European economy. Companies could contribute to the objectification lot. With threatening letters they help anyone. Especially not her insecure employees.


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