Monday, 26 February 2018

Thank EU

We’ve just returned from a jolly jaunt to southern Spain with a quick stop off in Portugal for good measure. It was so nice to be able to just drive 15 minutes up the road to our local airport and not have to endure a three hour trek just to get to Heathrow and Gatwick. British based airlines have particularly thrived in Europe, opening up a huge number of new routes from dozens of regional airports. Intense competition has seen prices kept incredibly low. Thank EU.

It was so nice to be able to use my mobile phone in both Spain and Portugal just as I would at home. I could use my data allowance and call numbers on both the continent and in the UK with no differential pricing between them. This, thanks to recently introduced legislation. Thank EU.

It was so nice to just breeze through immigration controls with just a wave of my passport, without any interrogation as to how long I’d be staying and what I was planning to get up to. It was so nice to jump on the bus in Spain and get off in Portugal with nothing but a signpost to let us know we’d crossed from one into the other. Thank EU.

It was so nice to be able to pay for various parts of the trip on a debit or credit card without having a rip-off card surcharge added, courtesy of another piece of recently introduced legislation that helps consumers. Thank EU. It was a shame that the UK hadn’t adopted the Euro and saved us the inconvenience and expense of changing currencies. Some might point to what has happened in the Eurozone over the last decade and say, ‘good thing we didn’t’. Fair point. But if we’re using hindsight, then the argument would be who shouldn’t have joined the Euro, rather that who didn’t.

It’s fantastic being in the European Union. As a consumer. As a citizen. As an employee. Long may it continue to be so. Many of us still hold out hope that it will remain the case long after March 2019.
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