I am not a fan of the EU Referendum result, for many reasons. It was built on a pile of bullshit; it opens the door to the Conservatives trying to scrap the human rights act again; it has concerning implications for immigrants in the UK; and it seems to have been taken by a small number of racist wankers as a signal that their views and behaviour are OK.
I signed the petition for a second referendum, even though I don’t think it’ll happen, because I wanted to show my dissatisfaction somehow. And I signed the petition for London to become its own city-state, or a special economic zone, even though I don’t think it’ll happen, because if any kind of positive change is going to come, it’s probably going to originate in either London or Scotland, and I don’t want to move back to Glasgow.
Ah, the referendum. It’s one of those things I hesitate to comment on a lot of the time, because I don’t feel qualified.
But, you know, I live in the EU. And in Britain. I am a British Citizen, according to my passport, but coming from a French family and being raised in Scotland, I see myself much more as a European than a Brit.
I’m voting Remain, not just for that reason but several more. Here are some of them.
Last week I was in Brussels, and during the time when I wasn’t wandering around the city marvelling at the pretty architecture, I was sitting in a conference centre with people from the European Commission and stakeholders from around Europe to discuss the ePrivacy Directive.
Throughout the day, we were split into groups. Each group had a “host”, who led the discussion and who was required to submit a report to the European Commission within two weeks of the event.
I was the host in my group (yes, I did think about Trill all the way through 😉 ). This is my report.
Today I’m in Brussels with the European Commission, looking at the future of the ePrivacy Directive, which decides which data are allowed to be stored online.
The Directive covers everything from spam to advertising cookies, and the current one was put together in 2002, making it pretty ancient in internet terms.