So I wouldn't usually write a post encouraging people to vote a certain way. It's not my style, I think people should be able to choose to vote how they want. But I've decided to write this post explaining my vote because 1. It's a big deal, and won't be happening again in a few years to rectify a sloppy vote. 2. Lots of people have asked me to. So, here goes.
I, personally, will be voting for the UK to remain in the EU. I didn't have to read up to decide this, I knew in my gut as soon as the topic was up for decision. The most simple way I can think to explain the ultimate reason for my debateless decision to vote to remain is as follows:
You have this job. It's okay. You don't hate it, but there are parts of it you don't like, sure. You have to sacrifice some things for your job because it's at this huge corporate company and everybody who works there has to be totally dedicated to their job, but you do it because it's okay. You rarely go home complaining about your job, and at the end of the day - isn't that all you can ask of work? Most importantly, it provides for you and your family and makes sure that you are taken care of.
To vote to leave the EU would be like handing in your resignation at this job without having any interviews anywhere else. You know your old job won't take you back, but you are hoping you'll find a better one out there. It's a gamble, and is it really worth the gamble when until now, everything really has been okay? (Don't try to tell me that before the referendum was a topic you used to go home and complain about being in the EU - I won't buy it.)
You're either a gambler voting to leave, or comfortable and voting to stay. That's the way I'm looking at it, because however much reading I've done on why we should vote to leave or stay I have never read anything explaining clearly what would happen to us if we did leave. Much like the Scottish referendum - where is the after-plan?!
Regardless of afterplans, here are some facts that you may not have known about the EU which may sway your thinking if you are a gambler.
The Workplace (The real one, not my metophorical one.)
Our right to maternity leave and anti-discrimation laws in the workplace come from the EU, not from the UK. I would hate to think what might happen and who might be taken advantage of by the Big Corporates if these laws disappeared, because they won't be replaced overnight if we vote to leave.
Stats show at least 3 million jobs in the UK are linked to trade with the EU. What will all these people do if we leave?! The world's gone crazy over BHS's 11,000 - imagine three million!
Power to the Politicians.
Tbh, I don't trust our politicians. I like some more than I like others, but at the moment the people who represent our country aren't looking too savvy. One fucked a dead pig, one has a weird yellow headpiece he insists on wearing, one fucked up the Lib Dem party and disappeared into oblivion (who even runs the Lib Dems now?!) and one is an old loony who enjoys being rude to the queen in his spare time to make a point. The EU are our safeguards against these nutters, they make sure they can't take our country and fuck it up beyond repair. And that's something I'm all for.
I know everyone hates Davey C, but did you know that our economy was the fastest-growing in the Western world this year? Well, now you do. So its not as if the EU is hindering our economic growth, is it?
Being in the EU gives us guaranteed allies, which as a small island we really can't get enough of. With Putin sat there with bated breath waiting for us to leave and be defenceless... well, I think we need all the friends we can get.
Ah, the big'un. 'They're coming over and taking our jobs!" *Vomits.* Okay, well first of all I would like to point out that we are all benefiting from being able to travel Europe freely and safely. We all know at least one couple who have retired to Spain or France, no? Regardless of the fact that we are also benefiting, it's key to point out that Britain do have a say in our border control. We have always been the difficult EU partner who argues tooth and nail to protect our little island and forces the EU to bend the rules for us. It's always been that way and it still is. (Remember the days of headlines where Cameron was 'in talks' with the EU looking all stressed out? Yep, well that was him negotiating our terms. Because we have a say. This is why we aren't in the Euro!) We have a say in our border control, and any leave voters using the argument that we need to 'take back control' is uneducated.
Furthermore, voting to leave will not bring a magic end to immigration. GB needs the skills of workers from outside the UK in order for our economy to keep on flourishing. Even the Leave camp knows this. Yes, we'll be in total control, no, this won't end immigration issues.
The Out Voters
Sorry, but when did Boris Johnson ever mention the EU being a 'prison' before the referendum? He doesn't know shit, he's just jumping on the controversial side to make headlines. And I'm sorry to say it, but you don't join a gang that looks stupid, do you? I haven't heard one intelligent, read person argue coherently why they want to vote out. If I look over to the Leave camp I see mostly extreme right-wingers, racists, political weasels, and old people who simply don't give a shit anymore. Is that a group you want to be associated with? Please, if anybody finds any Leave articles that actually give good facts and strong arguments, send it to me. Because after a good search on Google I still found nothing.
I would also like to point out the list of UK political parties voting to leave: UKIP, BNP, EDL, DUP, RESPECT. So not exactly the most respected and rational of the parties.
Opinion polls have also been good indicators for who is voting to leave. There are only three camps where the majority is voting to leave.
Older voters (over 60): 56%
Voters 50-59: 52%
Voters with no qualification higher than GCSE: 57%
That say's it all to me.
I truly hope everyone will be giving their vote at the end of June because every vote counts. Which voter on that seesaw would you rather be?