Villa supporter Robert from Birmingham, a long-time Labour voter and self-described EU-curious, voted Leave in June 2016, but has since changed his mind and is a Remainer now.



I voted Leave. I was stupid and credulous. I’m a #RemainerNow. What I care about is the future prosperity of my country and ending the rampant xenophobia that has been unleashed by this disastrous Brexit.”


Fellow Leave voters, did you think, when casting your vote in June 2016, that the Government would give £14m to a non-existent ferry company, with possible ties to a Tory donor, in a futile attempt to stave off the complete economic collapse of a No-Deal Brexit?

Did you believe that, instead of holding all the cards, the future relationship with the EU would be set entirely on their terms — and that companies would relocate hundreds of thousands of jobs to Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin?

Did you stop and consider that leaving the Customs Union and Single Market would have catastrophic implications for Just-in-time (JIT) supply chains, which could wipe out the car industry in Sunderland, Solihull and Swindon?

Did you recognise that falls in the pound would make the cost of living much higher — and that, far from providing a dividend, the costs of preparing for Brexit would run into billions, not to mention the opportunity cost of a failing Government unable to focus on anything else?

If you can honestly answer yes to all of those questions, then you clearly knew what you were voting for. I didn’t. Please don’t count me in your 17.4 million. I am a victim of the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the British people.

And that is without mentioning the overspending, illegal data-mining and Russian collusion that we now know characterised the Leave campaigns.

We have less than 90 days to save Britain from the consequences of a foolish decision that I, to my eternal shame, helped to make. May is useless. Corbyn is worse than useless. Sensible MPs need to step up. You represent the majority in Parliament.

You have the numbers to form a Government of national unity, led by Caroline Lucas. Let’s start the process of moving forward. Tackle the devastating effects of ruinous austerity. Present the positive case for immigration. Improve workers’ rights.

Ignore the threats of ‘civil unrest’ from Russian bots and hardcore Brexiters. They only want to sow division and hatred.

We can build a better Britain. We can become a more equitable society. We can play our part as a leader of a revitalised Europe.

But the clock is ticking.🔷



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