I think the main reason I'm being used as an example is because very few people who voted leave seem prepared to discuss it, because of the automatic assumptions that people leap to. I know that whenever I hear family or friends talking about it, I just keep my mouth shut because I don't want to have that conversation.
From what I've seen of the Remain side through all this, I could say that they're all over-privileged teenagers who enjoy being offended and look for ways to seem smug and superior and informed. But I don't. A lot of my friends voted remain, and I know that that's not true - you can't just judge everyone because of a few vocal idiots.
Still, waaaay back Cycle asked what I hoped to accomplish as a leave voter and ill try to answer.
Basically in my opinion, I've been watching Europe steadily decline for years; I can't stand Merkel (sp?) and I think it's wrong that Germany effectively holds the pursestrings for 27/8 countries - which it did.
For me there are a few main issues and I might as well start with the obvious one which is immigration. There's a lot of statistics that say the UK takes in only 3% of the world's migrants, but we're such a tiny country, that makes much more of an impact that you'd expect. When there are so many homeless people, people struggling to make ends meet every day, already here... it doesn't seem right or sensical that we keep opening our arms to other people who will also be struggling. I'm not immune to the suffering that's going on... but the world isn't fair or nice. Before we can help anyone, surely we need to be in a state where all the people already here are okay? Hence my desire to curb the numbers.
Then there's the NHS. I blame the conservative government just as much as Europe for this one, but both have taken money that the health service desperately needs and pumped it into less important areas. I can't remember where I read it, but the UK was NATO's largest contributer - that isn't right when we're struggling with domestic issues, why on earth are we giving so much money away?
Essentially I saw a sinking ship headed in a direction that made me worried for the future - and I chose to try and leap from it. I can understand people being terrified of such a massive change, it's only natural, but for people to be shouting about how it's all going to rumble and how doomed we are is just... its silly. The crash of the pound has already settled and gone up a little bit. Some company profits have risen again in the wake of the panic.
If anything we should be more worried about the political mess this has left. Boris Johnson or Theresa May as PM scares the crap out of me, but I'll put up with it until I can try and vote them out come election day.
I hope it explained myself at least a littlw bit - it's 8.30 in the morning and I just woke up to see this flood of posts, so I wanted to defend my position.
I'm not a racist, old or uneducated. The very fact that those statistics are being shoved out is insulting because it has no baring on the result - are the newspaper's trying to say that uneducated people's votes should be worth less? That's not how democracy works, and it's wrong to talk down to anyone because of how they use their vote.
Edit: I realised I'd missed another thing. That is, I don't like being told what to do, by a group of people that I don't know about - there is no transparency in the EU in regard to how they debate issues, which I think is an inherently bad thing. If we think there's too many secrets flying around Westminster (which there are) there are a hundred more in the EU. Everyone should be able to awe how the people speaking for them debate and argue... The fact that the EU has been very secretive doesn't sit well with me.