Tom from London works in the banking industry. He voted Leave in 2016, but now knowing the truth, painfully seeing through the lies, he has changed his mind and wants to Remain. He too is a Remainer Now.

First published in August 2019.

I would like to get something off my chest. During the referendum I voted Leave...

Now, hear me out. I did NOT vote for a no-deal. I was told it wouldn’t come to that, that we would definitely get a deal... I feel VERY strongly about this now.

Working in the banking industry, I can see first-hand just the huge negative effects Brexit has — yes, any Brexit! — and especially a no-deal Brexit, which is catastrophically bad. I voted Leave because I believed the lies, I didn’t pay much attention.

I was told we would heal all the rifts, make huge profits, be free. Only, we are already free, and all the problems weren’t caused by the EU. Hell, even I realised that, but I thought some issues were connected. I thought we could fix them. I was wrong, terribly wrong.

First, I changed from wanting a soft Brexit to a hard one. Now, knowing the truth, painfully seeing through the lies, I want to Remain.

I am angry because we were lied to about everything. It has ripped the country apart, and nobody seems to know what they are talking about anymore. It is crazy.

Brexit will impact the poorer places in society, the poorer people, much worse than any others. And I am not being part of that. Even immigration, which I am not worried about, will not be sorted like people wanted, because it is not the problem they said it was. Nothing is.

I decided to get this off my chest after Mr Johnson became Prime Minister. He has lied and lied, and treats the people, the experts even, with contempt. I am a RemainerNow. I am not a fanatic Remainer, but I am a passionate Remainer now.

I have come to realise that the problems were caused by the government, not the European Union. The ‘benefits’ of Brexit were false, not one is either happening or going to happen. Almost all the negatives are coming to pass, one by one.

I voted for a brighter future. This ain’t it.

We are in a bad place. So, what now? I don’t know. Brace and hope we learn our lesson fast.

I also hate the Brexiters’ war-like rhetoric, it is despicable and a slant on the memories of those who died for European peace.

There are many like me out there, regretting their decision to vote Leave but scared to say it in case they are ridiculed for believing the lies.

I didn’t want to believe that I was wrong at first, but I am now over the edge. I desperately want to shake people and make them see what is happening. But some minds you cannot change. The only way to change the rest of the Brexiters’ minds is to change their whole view of the European Union, the British Government, and their understanding of what sovereignty actually is. I don’t think people aren’t thinking. I just think the Leave campaign was very convincing (it was to me!), and there were many different reasons for voting Leave. I think many were much more ideologically-based and rooted in a misunderstanding or suspicion of our relationship with the EU.

I think the main thing is not playing the blame-game. People like me were genuinely lied to and fell for it, it is not easy to admit. Ultimately the blame lays with the Government.

I can’t really speak on behalf of anyone else but I know other people who feel similar. For me, it has become more than obvious that those in power had their own motives of personal gain and didn’t really care for the people. I feel like those in charge saw an opportunity for profit and ran with it, disregarding those who will lose out, and making false promises. The more I learn the stronger my feelings on this are. I see first-hand the greed of some people.

The vote was not informed, or was not explained, it was made out to give an outcome that was actually impossible.

And the worst bit is that the Brexiters still can’t admit that.🔷

By Tom.

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 26 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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