Oliver, an A-Level student, writer and campaigner, Editor at The People’s News, voted Leave in 2016. But after thinking carefully about the ramifications of Brexit, he has changed his mind and is now a commited Remainer. He explains why.
My transition from foolishly supporting Brexit to realising that our future depends entirely on the European Union...
When we discovered that the UK had decided to leave, I thought “Wow, the people have invoked change; asserted their superiority over governance and given the establishment something to sweat over.”
What a fool I was. And as time passed and I realised the political and economic ramifications of such a crucial vote, I experienced the first ever symptom of political nausea. Soon, I became fed up with the ‘will of the people’ mantra.
For me, I realised: What an absurd and regressive decision to hold a referendum on such an issue. Referendums are proven to never solve an issue, but merely exacerbate tension and conflict.
It became clear that, rather than taking control of our future, we had committed an act of political suicide; rejecting cultural pluralism, cooperation and trade in pursuit of some lofty superpower nostalgia and toxic provincialism.
Indeed, rather than try to reform the European Union’s manifold shortcomings in a bi-lateral manner, we simply decided to cede and retreat into isolationism with delusions of national autonomy in a globalised world.
What people need to realise is that we need the European Union as much as it requires us. We must retain our ability to shape international policy directives, our ability to share information, resources, talent, education. Whatever its flaws, we can work together to reform the EU.🔷
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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected.)