Jen, a teacher from Southampton, voted Leave in 2016. She slowly started to see Brexit becoming nothing like what was promised to voters like her. She also understands the EU better now. Jen is a Remainer Now.

First published in September 2019.

I voted Leave, but I DID NOT vote for No-Deal. The concept of No-Deal did not even exist during the referendum!!

In 2016, it seemed to me that by voting Leave the UK would keep all the benefits of being in the European Union (Single Market/Freedom of Movement, etc.), but have less EU rules and more money. I am a teacher and a mother. I did not have the time to decipher what was a Vote Leave broadcast and what was not.

But then, I slowly started to see Brexit becoming nothing like what was promised. People, however, seemed to be blind to this fact just because they had ‘won’ and accepted the lies. If MPs in Government are telling me something, how am I supposed to know it is only an ‘intention’?

This is not a football match. It is the future of a Nation and people’s lives.

In 2016, Britain said Leave. Now, after 3 years, we ACTUALLY know what ‘Leave’ means. I (we) know so much more now!

When the Leave/Cambridge Analytica scandal started to unravel I was horrified. Again Leave voters are either ignoring this or not bothered because they ‘won’. It is not even about Leave vs Remain, it is about a fair and informed electorate and Democracy.

I wanted to find out what Leave voters would think if it were the other way round and Remain had broken the law to sway votes, promote lies and ultimately subvert Democracy. So, I maybe asked 200 people on Twitter, and so far 0 have responded.

What does that tell you?

Being free from EU control and laws was also a factor that made me voted Leave. Only after the vote did I find out how the EU Parliament actually works.

I am so annoyed with myself that I fell for the Leave fiction on Facebook and in the media. Especially after I saw this Twitter thread and could not believe it. All those EU rules Brexiters go mad about... There are actually just 72 laws that were forced on us, and they 100% benefit the UK! And every other EU law has been voted for by UK MEPs and passed by UK Ministers.

So much for the EU being undemocratic!🔷

By Jen Simpson.

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 12 September 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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