Willie voted Leave in 2016. He believed what the Leave campaign wrote on its infamous big red bus. But he has come to realise it was a mistake and is a Remainer Now who would change his vote in a second referendum.

First published in September 2019.

I didn’t realise how difficult it would be to admit it as it has taken me countless attempts to write about it since last week...

I was honestly torn over which way to vote in 2016. On the day of the referendum, I got home and, still unsure, I decided to walk to place my vote whilst mulling everything over.

In the end, my decision was swayed based on the help and support that many in my family had received over the years from the NHS.

Literally two minutes away from the voting station I decided to vote Leave because I genuinely believed leaving would see the NHS get a huge cash injection.

People will say I was naive or stupid, however, it was literally a minefield of information before the referendum, and even afterwards!

So yes, I was effectively one of those people who actually believed what was plastered over the side of a bus!

One thing this whole process has taught me is that I will never look at politics or the media the same way ever again.

The hardest thing has been realising, and accepting, that rather than helping, my vote would be detrimental to the very thing I thought I was helping. The NHS.

It has been a pretty shocking journey, and one that if given another chance I would never make the same mistake again!🔷

By Willie.

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 18 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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