Why I voted remain.

My personal opinion is that this referendum should never have been called. There was no treaty change. Instead, David Cameron offered it to address a minor political threat posed by UKIP.

With no major change, I got behind the remain campaign pretty quickly as I didn’t think the economic risks were worth it — and I knew that the debate would only become toxic. It meant that the debate was speculative to say the least — with both sides being unable to offer a clear option — and it meant that the campaign became dominated with two issues: the economy, and immigration. Both were bound to bring out the worst in society, and for the last few months we’ve had a toxic debate full of fear-mongering and xenophobia.

Despite being a tad Eurosceptic myself, I voted remain. The EU has many issues, and it has to reform in order to survive. The idea of federalism is dead. A few bureaucrats might like the idea but many member states do not. The risks were too high: economic security — even if part self-fulfilling due to the remain side — the safety of our country, an EU that could collapse should we leave — creating a economic and political vacuum on our doorstep, and our nations security with the current state of terrorism around the world. The EU has achieved some amazing things — from LGBT rights, workers rights, and environmental protection- and we can achieve so much more by continuing to be a part of it and working with our neighbours and closest allies. I voted to lead Europe, not the leave it.

I do however, think that whatever the result, dark times are ahead for the country, and more specifically for the Labour party. The Conservatives may have been at war in public but that reflected the national mood. The Labour party on the other hand firmly got behind remain. I think this was a good thing, but I also think we should have been more split. I’m a supporter of immigration. I think it’s a great thing for the country. However I dislike the tone in which the Labour party shot down concerns by many of our voters who had valid concerns by calling them ‘little englanders’ and ‘racists’. Immigration has had an impact on many places in the UK, and instead of the party — and the leader of the party — stating that they support uncontrolled immigration, we should have been addressing our voters concerns. They’re not all rampant racists, they’re real working class people who have felt the negative impact of immigration in their community — even if that’s down to things like the migration impact fund being cut.

Labour is now in a position where we are completely out of touch with lifelong voters in our Northern heartlands, and should we remain, UKIP is likely to surge like the SNP in Scotland, and they’ll pose a major threat.

I think we’ll leave, my prediction is 53–47 to leave. Though I also thought Labour might just scrape it at the last election with a coalition so take that with a grain of salt.

If anything my consolidation for the day is that i’m proud to have convinced most of my family to vote remain — after they have all been firm outers for years. They’ve also been disgusted by the leave campaign.

To everyone in Labour: If we remain then there is a real cause for celebration, but there’s also the issue of an uphill struggle of getting back into power. The slope just got a lot steeper…

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