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Would it actually matter if we left the EU?

There is a case for Britain remaining a member of the European Union, but it has little to do with economics

Merkel and her fellow EU leaders are under pressure to save Schengen. © Sean Gallup/Getty Images

As a non-British citizen who lives in the United Kingdom, I am one of those who will not have to answer the question: “Should the UK remain a member of the European Union?” If I were, I would consider the following two answers—both of which would render my ballot paper invalid: “Define European Union!” and “Could you ask me that question again in five years time?”

There is nothing flippant about those responses because it is important to understand, at some level…

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