For the uncertain voter…

*note: my first attempt at a political post, so be gentle in your responses and critiques. I’m learning.*

I think I might know a few people who aren’t sure how to vote in the EU Referendum. And who might choose not to vote as a result. So, this has compelled me to write a few things down, just in case I can be of any use to the people who felt they should never have been tasked with such a difficult and technical decision and all the people who feel confused by the way the debate has played out. I’ll keep it short and sweet and to five key points because there are already some much better and more informed contributions you can read all over the internet.

  1. If you wish you didn’t have to make this decision and so are not going to vote in protest at having to, please don’t. Or rather, please do vote. Unfortunately, there isn’t a third box which says: “I don’t think this should have been my responsibility” in order to bat it back to the government. By not voting we hand a vote to whichever side we would be least likely to support. A referendum is the only time, under our current system, when every vote counts. So make yours count. Let’s all play our part.

  2. If you really don’t think you can make a decision between IN or OUT because you’ve not been given enough information about how either would affect you, vote to REMAIN as you’re voting for the status quo. You probably think the status quo hasn’t been that bad if you don’t feel either result would impact on your life. LEAVE is a total unknown. Even the LEAVE campaigners say so.

  3. If you believe in at least one of these main parties in the UK: the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, the Scottish Nationalist Party and Plaid Cymru, then be swayed by the fact that ALL of their leaders are campaigning for REMAIN. On the other side of the debate, the leaders of UKIP, the BNP, Britain First are campaigning for Brexit. That’s not a club of which I’d like to be part. Plus the main parties are backed by a whole swath of expert organisations who say that Brexit is a bad idea. The Leave campaign have a total of zero expert organisations on their side. I’m not good at maths, but…

  1. I’m not proud of many aspects of the debate, on either side. In lots of ways it’s about choosing which side has done the least bad job. And in my mind, though REMAIN have scaremongered about economic collapse following Brexit rather than focused on the positive case for REMAIN, LEAVE have scaremongered about migration and scapegoated migrants for the cuts we are currently facing. LEAVE have drawn divisions in the multicultural society in which we live, and they have incited hatred of groups of people who work hard to build a better life and on whom we depend for many of our services. I believe the cuts we are currently enduring are nothing to do with migration but everything to do with an economic recession caused by an economic super class and by the politicians who chose austerity when there were other options that would not have impacted so terribly on the most vulnerable in our society and on our essential services.

  2. If you think that a vote for REMAIN is a vote for TTIP (or any other European agreement that you’re not too sure about) and you really can’t vote for TTIP (or any other European agreement that you’re not too sure about), then listen to what the articulate, factual and rational Caroline Lucas has to say. I believe she’s enough to convince anyone. A vote to REMAIN means we stay in the EU to fight such agreements and stop their implementation in the UK as well as the rest of Europe. But it also means we are part of united decision-making on climate change and many other global problems that need large regional responses.

If you hadn’t already guessed, I am voting to REMAIN. I do believe the European Union is fairly flawed and has problems that need to be addressed. But I think that about the UK government. I choose to be in Europe seeking to continue to build a better Europe for everyone. In a world where the biggest problems that affect us are global and permeate national borders we need be more united not more divided.

One thought on “For the uncertain voter…

  1. Brilliantly put Beccy – thank you. I have a couple of good friends who are undecided and I think your blog is fair and clear, so will be recommending they also have a read.

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