Paul McCartney can't decide whether he wants England to say “hello” or “goodbye” to the European Union.
With the former Beatles member's home country bracing for the big Brexit referendum vote — on June 23 British voters will decide whether the U.K. will stay in the 28-member European Union or exit (hence, "Brexit") — McCartney, like many British citizens, still hasn't made up his mind.
"It’s crazy in England at the moment," McCartney told French newspaper Le Parisien. “Everyone I talk to goes from one extreme to the other. I’m the same; I haven’t decided yet. I keep listening to the arguments, the reasons to stay or leave. But I’m sure the best decision will be taken in a month."
The people stand with Sir Paul. The most recent Bloomberg polling data shows more than 47 percent of British citizens currently want to stay in the EU, while just more than 42 percent want the U.K. to leave. About 10 percent remain undecided. The country has been divided over the issues since the referendum question was set on Sept. 1, 2015.
While McCartney and many British citizens weigh their options, government officials had to rush to issue statements on what the economic impact could be either way before a "Purdah" period began on Friday, barring civil servants and public officials from publishing reports or taking part in activities that could be interpreted as swaying the vote.
While many believe that leaving the EU would save the country money, as well as give Britain more autonomy and better its ability to secure its borders, the economic impact could be massive. A record 2.1 million EU nationals are working in the U.K., constituting 6.8 percent of the country’s workforce. Under current EU law, citizens of member states are allowed to travel to Britain and work there with almost no strings attached. However, if Britain exited the EU, those workers could be forced to leave if they are not able to obtain a visa. The Brexit could also damage trading relationships between Britain and the rest of Europe.