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A Weekend With A ‘Remain’ Voter

Posted in Business and Law, and World Affairs

I’ve always been the odd one out since my school days; I was the one that teachers liked because I did well and it made them look good, and my classmates thought I was being a teacher’s pet, but all I did was answer the questions n the exam (mostly correctly) and write a coherent essay. Apparently you get bullied for that, well you did in my school.

Although I was born and brought up in a staunch working class Labour area (the word Conservative was considered a swear word), and I was told the Labour government looked after me and gave me free milk, it never influenced me to support them. You see I think for myself, and look at the broader picture and accept that 95% of my friends are Labour supporters and voted to ‘remain’ as opposed to leaving the EU. I admit some Labour concepts seem great, but when you look at how they will achieve them, you can see that they simply aren’t possible such as free bus travel for all under 25 year olds. Not only is is impossible to finance and manage, it’s not necessary either and looked to be a ploy to attract young votes.

Most people who voted ‘remain’ did so for selfish reasons when you actually get down to the nitty gritty, but just because I am pro Brexit doesn’t mean I’m on a mission to convince others it’s a good idea. The fact is that the vote has been cast, and the legalities are now in place to proceed with the UK leaving the EU and it’s in the best interests of all to support the government in getting the best deal possible. This is why I don’t understand why people in the UK keep opposing Brexit and trying to make it difficult (the foreign Bank of England Governor is a culprit), because all they are doing is destroying their own futures.

I was a little taken back by my friend announcing that no one will ever persuade her that leaving the EU was a good idea, and followed it up with her view that the country will fail and wish they hadn’t left. It is worthwhile to note she has family in France and visits often and relates to the opportunities that they have had there compared to the UK. However, when it comes to jobs, it depends on your abilities and your education regardless of where you are, so that’s not really a relevant basis to vote on. We were in Scotland, and that’s why the topic arose because as much as Scotland would love to be independent, many know financially they would not survive, so practicalities and finances do matter, and as Scottish law is separated from the laws in England and Wales, it already has some control of how the country is run.

The fact is deals are being made and no one can say the deal will be bad for the UK because it’s not been finalized. Sadly I feel remain voters want a bad deal so they can say, “I told you so,’ but they don’t realize it actually affects them and the future generations. Even if a good deal is struck, remain voters will still complain and say life was better under the EU, but let’s face it, that depends on your own personal circumstances. I’ve found since many remain voters have secret agendas that they don’t declare such as a family business in the EU, family who are expats, or those who are considering living and working in the EU mainly because they are students trying to avoid repaying student loans, and to pay cheaper taxes.

Spending a weekend with my remain voter friend was enlightening to see things from their viewpoint, and I have other friends get very angry about it. I don’t get angry because I’ve been studying the EEC as it was known for over 30 years and have written dissertations on why the EU as a concept is failing and is incompatible culturally and financially on the large scale it is now. My main reason for wanting to leave the EU was based on a legal perspective in that a domestic court was rendered powerless when they had to adhere and apply EU laws to cases where it conflicted with statutes. When a country loses the ability to make their own laws and govern, then they are weakened for that is the greatest power they have. To regain sovereignty was the aim of the leaving the EU, although for some voters it was probably based on frustrations with too many migrants working for less than the national minimum wage, social housing being given to migrants, and an over burdened welfare system where NHS hospitals and doctors haven’t been able to cope with the influx of EU nationals that have arrived en masse.

The problem is many that voted remain are short sighted or they have not fully understood the principles of law, and why and how they are affected. I’m sure some lawyers did vote to remain, but I suspect some had property abroad and it will affect them financially. The number of UK expats that choose to live in other countries is very small, and usually they have chosen to live there for tax reasons and also they can afford to do so. It doesn’t stop them living there as I know from having a property in the EU if you reside there, you still have to apply for residency if you stay longer than 3-6 months (different countries will vary). It’s not as if you can just move to any EU country and never register because you do! As for those who choose to work in an EU country, many do so again for tax reasons, and some move to another country because they are escaping something (like a scandal back at home, or a criminal conviction), and then there are students who want to work abroad without having to do any paperwork for the summer. Before the EEC, people still worked abroad and had to fill out paperwork, and people still could travel freely between the countries with reciprocal agreements.

From spending time with my friend I can see ‘remainers’ seem to want Brexit to fail, and I struggle to understand why anyone would want their country to fail? It doesn’t make sense at all, and can only conclude they are sore losers. They want to look as if they were right and can’t accept that the vote as close as it was didn’t go their way. Instead, I find remain voters employ bullying tactics towards those who oppose their views, and as a leave voter I’ve never condemned anyone for voting remain, but like to know why they feel remaining in an body that drains money from the country and is at constant loggerheads politically with other states is a good idea?

It’s like staying in a marriage of convenience where one party pays out more each year and gets little back, and the parties are always arguing and wanting more and threaten when they don’t get their way. It doesn’t make sense to stay in a relationship that is fraught and destructive, but it’s best to part ways and stay on as good terms as possible due to shared interests. That’s what Brexit is about and the fact the UK can start again without having a hand tied behind its back. It won’t be easy, but the fact is that is what will happen, and it’s better for everyone to work together to make it work than to have remain voters whining and complaining still. The vote won’t be reversed (it’s called democracy) and even though the UK could reapply to join the EU at a later date, that is highly unlikely given that so much bad blood has already been spilled between the member states.

I steer clear of the topic with those who can’t accept democracy and think they are right (with no actual evidence), but it strains friendships but doesn’t deter them. As long as people respect my view and I will theirs, and no, as a leave voter I have never tried to convince a remain voter why Brexit is a good idea simply because they are already prejudiced and biased towards their beliefs and many are ill educated on what the EU actually does, and are focused only on what’s in it for them. That’s the problem with those who can’t see the bigger picture for the future of the country rather than how it will affect their lives only, and why the leave vote won. I for one can’t wait for Brexit to be done and dusted and hopefully the remain voters will just accept the change and shut up.

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