More than ever before, we’re being told this vote will be one cast with our hearts, more than our heads. What does my heart tell me? That ‘Great’ Britain, Boris’ Britannia, it’s dead in the dirt. For the best.
Fear hangs over this referendum. On that fateful Thursday in June, fear will be right there with you at the polling station, in the voting booth.
The zeitgeist is one of ignorance and xenophobia. My fears are different. I fear my future daughter or son could live in a society less progressive than today’s. But we must know facts not fear.
Leaving the EU means leaving what was first conceived as a means to establish durable peace in Europe after the Second World War. Leaving the EU means leaving the only body in the western world committed to a manned spaceflight program to the Moon and Mars.
Leaving the EU means leaving behind the EU’s overwhelmingly positive environmental policy, and the UK government’s legally binding adherence to said policy. It means scrapping the Human Rights Act and abandoning the only feasible solution to what the UN is now calling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. ‘Leave’ means more poverty, more austerity and a more divided nation than we’ve ever known.
I won’t entertain arguments from Camp Leave from the likes of Farage complaining about now debunked ‘cabbage regulations’ and whatnot. That said, a friend recently disclosed they find the EU’s lack of support in social matters, fundamental LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights legislation for instance, disturbing. But the answer here is not, and will never be, reanimating the corpse of Albion. The answer is a fixable EU, not a broken Britain. The chance of progression, or the certainty of regression? This is the question that we, as Europeans, are faced with.
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