I voted Leave in 2016. I decided to become a #RemainerNow after I questioned the ‘facts’ being peddled by the Leave campaign. Here is how I figured out it was all BS...


First published in September 2019.



Myth:

“We will have more money to spend on our communities.”

Reality:

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget is minimal and will have zero benefit.

BBC



Myth:

“EU will conscript our children into its army.”

Reality:

I was in the forces and we always collaborated with our Allies. Plus the UK has a veto on EU military policy.

Full Fact



Myth:

“The Leave campaign are true patriots.”

Reality:

Farage and his chums have been in politics for a very long time. They have literally made no positive contribution to the UK.

nfarage.com



Myth:

“We will make our own laws.”

Reality:

We have a parliament and a judiciary (common law). So, the UK does make its own laws. Where EU law comes in is law that is used for harmonisation. You NEED that when you have countries cooperating with each other.

PMP Magazine



Myth:

“We will be sovereign again.”

Reality:

No country is completely sovereign. What you need to ask is what does sovereignty mean. It means two things: individual freedom and political freedom.

Let’s talk about individual freedom. Being in the EU means you have Freedom of Movement, Erasmus, clean beaches, and rights as a consumer and a worker. What’s not to like about that?

Let’s look at political freedom. The UK can do whatever it wants. It invaded Iraq and Afghanistan when it wanted. The Government’s own White Paper confirmed our sovereignty was never lost.

Gov.uk



Myth:

“The EU is a federal state.”

Reality:

The EU’s central government is far weaker than that of most federations and the individual members are sovereign countries under international law, so it is usually characterized as an unprecedented form of supra-national union.

EU member states retain the right to act independently in matters of foreign policy and defense, and also enjoy a near-monopoly over other major policy areas such as criminal justice and taxation.

The Irish Times



Myth:

“By leaving we will control our borders.”

Reality:

We already do. That is the job of the Home Secretary. In relation to the EU Freedom of Movement to the UK, all our governments were too lazy to implement the EU 3-month rule because they realised that the net contribution from EU citizens far outweighed the cost of implementing the rule.

Huffington Post



Myth:

“EU workers drive wages down.”

Reality:

For a start, we have something called the Minimum Wage Act. Secondly, let’s forget people’s nationalities for one second. If a tradesperson is offering an excellent service at a lower price than their competitor, who would you go with? Price comparisons will happen whether we have EU workers or not. Unless you are just being racist and don’t want to admit that British businesses also engage in price comparisons?

Gov.uk



Myth:

“Revoking Article 50 is not respecting democracy.”

Reality:

Democracy is acting in the collective best interest. It is not based on one vote. Democracy is continuous. No form of Brexit is better than what we have now as members of the EU.

Anyone saying Brexit involves bumps in the road, It will be tough for a bit, No one said it will be easy, is clearly a moron or lying to you... or both!

Michael Gove / Reuters
Robert Salisbury / Reaction
David Davis / Hansard - Parliament.uk



Myth:

“Take back control.”

Reality:

What do you actually mean by ‘control’? Control of what? These are slogans designed to manipulate people into making value judgments.




Myth:

“Leave politicians act in our best interest.”

Reality:

Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and their Brexiter friends are lying deceiving elitists. They are populists, and here is how they work:

● They are part of the establishment but pretend they are on the fringes by dressing shabbily, being rude, obnoxious... They do this to pretend to be ‘common’. Do you really think Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage behaved like that when they were at Eaton and Dulwich College? Of course not!

● They surround themselves with powerful people, and then claim to like a pint down the pub.

● They use words like “will of the people” to treat the nation as a homogenous group. They do this to make you think it is what the majority wants. They pretend to speak for the ‘people’.

They reduce complex political and legal issues into simple issues. (Who needs experts?)

Conclusion: Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and their Brexiter friends treat you like idiots.

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 25 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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Albert voted Leave in 2016. He is a Remainer Now and actively campaigns for the UK to remain in the European Union.

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