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I know this is not a strictly medical discussion but there is a lot of talk about whether the British government will pull out of the European Union (or at least hold a referendum) and I thought it might be interesting to host a straw poll on what doctors think about it. There are vociferous arguments on both sides. Those for leaving the EU are tired of the ever creeping powers of the EU impinging on the UK’s laws and economy. Whilst those who wish to stay in the EU think it would be economic suicide to leave the EU and that we need to keep the partnership alive for trade and diplomatic reasons.
I read a quote from Angela Merkel over the weekend, which said that Europe accounts for 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s GDP. This is quite staggering but is it sustainable with the rise of the BRICS countries?
If Britain leaves the EU, it may be free from some of the laws imposed by the EU, but will we be cut adrift in other ways – would this be damaging for Britain? Is this an unnecessary distraction? And, what impact do you think it could have on health, if any?