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    EUROZONE What do be do

    So when we vote to leave or stay.

    Where will we be.

    If we leave we be in a confused state.

    Bit like leaving your home. Directions and bills have to be sorted.

    Same with the country. Anything European will need re thinking or changing.

    This will create a vast amount of work.More work for the state.

    If we take the easy way and vote in. The workload will be minimum.

    The problem we will have is The Euro-zone is like The Roman Empire. We all want the

    status to be in it but in the end its not what the people wanted. It may then fall like

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