The overall outcome of the 2016 EU referendum was to Brexit with 51.9% of the vote, so I am very interested to know how our parents voted and if it reflects our own opinions. Lets face it, we were all very young during that time and if we were honest we didn’t really understand fully what Brexit meant. Being so young most of our opinions were possibly shaped by our parents. So nearly three years on, are BNC member’s opinions about Brexit similar or different to our parents?
I also feel it’s important to get some understanding of what are the real concerns of those that voted Brexit and what were the issues that persuaded them to do so. Is Brexit still considered a positive thing? It’s also important to hear the other side of the parents that voted to Remain, what were their reasons and what are the concerns now.
Brexit has clearly divided Britain, I feel if we don't face up to the issues of why they voted the way they did, we'll never bring the nation closer together. It’s so complicated, that we need to be clearer of the implications of Britain leaving the EU, especially if there’s a chance of another referendum. According to a CSI Brexit report, The two main reasons people voted Leave were 'immigration' and 'sovereignty', whereas the 2 main reason people voted Remain was 'the economy'. and ‘jobs’. ‘
To back the Immigration argument, I was startled by a published survey back in 2014 from fullfacts.org ‘three quarters of people say immigration should be reduced and a majority have opposed immigration for over half a century’. In my opinion, three quarters is quite a lot of people. Should our government have done more to listen to the people’s concerns and reduce the immigration numbers?
According to fullfacts.org, although being in the EU, the UK had no control over the numbers of EU citizens coming into UK due to free movement, however, about half of immigration into the UK are from non-EU countries and this is the area where our own government can have control over who we decide to let in. I’m not even sure how much of this knowledge is known to people, if they did, perhaps putting pressure towards our own government to admit fewer non EU migrants could have drastically lowered the overall immigration numbers. Could that have been enough to appease the British people?
A decade of government austerity, was this a possible reason? I even know a family who voted Brexit to make a ‘Protest Vote’. Perhaps, not a majority views of Brexiteers if you go by the CSI Brexit report. However, I do wonder whether some of the issues that some people felt angry about might have been misdirected to the EU rather than towards our own government? Or perhaps, Brexiteers have a perfectly strong, valid reason to vote Leave.
So to explore and discuss this further, my questions are, did your parents vote Brexit, Remain, or just simply didn’t vote? And what were their reasons?
Do you also agree with your parents?
I also have some other thoughts you might want to to ponder. They say that, now people have more information about what Brexit might mean for the UK, there should be another vote. Do you agree?
Others say the result of the 2016 referendum should be respected and that voters have had their final say. What do you think?