Albert voted Leave in 2016. He is a Remainer Now and actively campaigns for the UK to remain in the European Union.

First published in August 2019.

As a @RemainerNow, this is how I have started to explain why Brexit is a bad idea to my friends:

1. Working Together

The UK is the EU. The EU is not a separate entity. It is like me saying my gym charges me £30 and I don’t get anything back. The EU is a collection of Member States working together.

2. EU Means Peace

Why is the EU important? If Nation States are working together and the people are prospering, and there are laws which increase consumer confidence, then it follows that those nations are less likely to start invading each other.

3. Open to Freedom

The EU is based on the idea of cosmopolitanism. This means a collection of Nations working together. Very much like the UN, but the idea is the freedom of movement of goods, services, and people.

4. WTO Terms Suck

The UK cannot survive alone. WTO terms are bad. So much so, Nations form trading blocs just to avoid being on WTO terms. Britain has been a WTO member since 1995.

5. No Migrant Crisis

The UK takes in hardly any refugees. There is no migrant crisis and migrants are not taking our jobs.

6. Migrants Are Good For The Economy

Saying migrants take our jobs is as old as the oldest profession in the world. It is old, tired, and countries with migrants have a healthy economy.

7. EU Benefits

Stop looking at the EU in terms of what we pay. Think of the collective benefits: Erasmus, clean beaches, consumer rights, and labour laws. Plus, there are laws that penalise big companies if they tried to monopolise the market.

8. The EU Army Myth

I was in the forces. There is no EU army, and in any event, the UK armed forces needs allies.

9. The Great Brexit Con

Brexit is NOT about politics. It is about rich people getting richer: Ben Habib, Richard Tice, Nigel Farage, and the majority of Oxbridge educated Tories. None of those people have lifted a finger to help you or me. They have always been after their own interests and they conned me and YOU into giving them control so they can control and exploit us.

To campaign for Remain is to be a patriot. Leave politicians and business owners/funders are the traitors.🔷

By Albert Horace.

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 7 August 2019, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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