Now, before you switch off, this is not about the ins and outs of why ‘Brexit’ may or may not be a good idea. I am not interested in that here, here I am interested in expressing a point of view, a point of view that I am often cut off from before I begin speaking. Perhaps an argument that you have not heard before.
A common opinion is that ‘no leave voter voted for the same thing’. This is true. However, I would say that no remain voter voted for the same thing either. Having spoken to many remain voters I have heard a great deal of accounts, some voted for the ‘status quo’, some for the ‘ever closer union’, other reasons have been just a sheer love of being a part of the (agreeably amazing – some of the best food comes from Europe) European culture (seriously, Italian food, its amazing) as well as the people who voted mainly to maintain the benefits of freedom of movement.
All of which are entirely valid. People are complex, experiences different, social groups expansive.
Having spoken to some leave voters, the common answers were voting due to the idea of sovereignty, some with the belief that we can (eventually) have a burst of economic growth without the ‘heavy weight’ of the EU, other reasons have been a sheer hatred of all political systems (Polish food, also amazing), as well as people who voted for reasons concerning race and immigration.
I would like to talk to you about race and immigration and how these influenced my decision to leave.
Whatever came first into your mind, remove it, and stick with me. It is (from experience) probably not what you think.
I am very proud to be British (keeping sticking with me), the reason for this is that from a historical perspective I think that Britain has continuously shown the most growth and development. Particularly in social comings together. I love living somewhere where for the most part, you can be who you are, regardless of skin colour, gender or sexual preference.
I am not anti-immigration, I do not want to stop freedom of movement. I want to increase freedom of movement, and I want to increase it across the globe, because I want to increase all ‘freedom’. I think the EU, this may shock some of you, is really white. The EU definitely affords some economic benefits to its member states, arguably due to freedom of movement and free trade. But again, and I can not stress this enough. The EU is really white.
In my opinion, we should not place ourselves in an organisation, or group, or club that encourages prosperity within a single region, or continent, or race. I would sooner leave the club, and fight to see a global equality.
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