The now famous question was proposed only a year ago. There has been concern economically, politically, socially. The results may very well be swayed by Scotland. If the referendum goes through there will be a further two years, minimum, of renegotiation between the UK and the EU. Now the months of talk are at an end; voting is where the action happens.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

The arguments surrounding the British exit (or “Brexit”) from the EU are numerous. Here are the top four concerns from each side:

Leave

  • The UK puts more funds into the EU then the benefits they get in return
  • Lack of freedom to legislate on matters (border control, benefits, etc) regarding migrants
  • Limiting the amount of earnings to sent other countries for child payment
  • Protection for the City of London

Remain

  • The EU is the UK’s biggest market
  • Retain current business and workers migration agreements
  • Retain “free movement”
  • Continue to adhere to EU regulations and standards in production and industry

Why was the referendum proposed?

A renegotiation between the UK and the EU was part of Minister Cameron’s re-election platform. Upon the completion of the negotiations Cameron considers Brexit unnecessary. The four demands summarised: the ever-closer union principal does not apply to the UK, EU citizens working in the UK should not qualify for social advantages for the first for years and will not longer be able to send child-support overseas, the UK retains the pound, and increased competitiveness, economically, from other member countries. However, the referendum was proposed and voted upon. Due to the negotiations the Government’s official stance is Remain and they begin an official campaign of support in April.

Represented in Westminster

Roger Mullin is Westminster MP for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Constituency, of which Lochgelly is a member. MP Mullin is a member of the SNP – the entire party voted Remain.

MPs backing leave or remain campaigns
MPs backing leave or remain campaigns
The results of the map were taken from the positions of the MPs and do not reflect any population polling.

Of all the Scottish MPs, only one was undeclared as of 22 June.

YouGov compiled data of over 80,000 people to create a map showing the sliding severity of eurosceptic and -phile areas in Britain. Eurosceptic is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as a person who is opposed to increasing the powers of the European Union.

The Eurosceptic map of Britain
The Eurosceptic map of Britain

What about Scotland and the EU?

While there is clamoring to the south about the results on 24 June, most of Scotland appears to favour Remain. It has been suggested that voter turnout will be around 20%, much lower than the independence referendum of 2014. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has held steadfast that if the vote goes towards Leave action will be taken to explore another independence referendum – but that hinges on public support. Furthermore, there has been discussion of Scotland joining the eurozone if the “Brexit” occurs.

Where to Vote and Who May Vote

According to fife.gov.uk the Lochgelly North polling location will be at Lochgelly Town Hall, Bank Street, Lochgelly. The Lochgelly South polling will be at Lochgelly South Primary School, High Street, Lochgelly. Despite the June 2015 vote that lowered the voting age to 16 in Scotland, only registered persons 18 and older pay take part. This is due to the specific guidelines set in place by the European Union Referendum Act 2015.

Results

The results will be announced 24 June, but a good idea of the outcome will appear after the close of polls 22:00 BST Thursday, 23 June.

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