This is the email Leave voter Lance wrote to Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi last month, in which he explains why he has become a RemainerNow, and his concerns about a No-Deal Brexit.
First published in October 2019.
I am one of your constituents in the Gower and am emailing you following a tweet you sent on 18th September regarding No-Deal Brexit views.
I voted Leave. I believed that we needed to leave the political institutions. I believed we sent too much money to the EU and, working in the NHS, it should be spent on our public services. A sum of, I don’t know, say 350 million a week for our NHS?
I wanted a soft Norway or Canada style Brexit which maintained customs union and single market membership.
It was not long after the referendum I regretted my choice. It was clear that the Leave side campaigned on false promises, half truths and outright lies.
I did not know enough about the EU prior to the referendum but now I can see clearly my concerns regarding the EU was wrongly placed at the door of the EU, instead of the government’s domestic policy.
Degredation of public services and failure to properly fund our public services is a domestic issue, not the fault of the EU. Clearly concerns about immigration by the Leave campaign again was not an issue of the EU. We already have rules in place that were not implemented because of the huge benefit and necessity that this country relies on immigration to work, live and love in our country.
The threat to our union with the British and Irish border on the island of Ireland and now the real prospect of an independent Scotland. Adding to that the recent surge of support for Welsh independence, could see an end to the United Kingdom as we know it.
Yellowhammer has brought the real threat of a no-deal to the forefront. The reasonable assumption that there will be food, medicine and fuel shortages (even if the government has tried to say it is a worse case scenario – clearly another propaganda attempt) is a real probability.
This is not what 17.4 million people voted for. I can say this because I am one of those 17.4 million people who voted to leave. We did not all vote for this chaos, and many of us have changed our minds.
I work with a group called RemainerNow (@RemainerNow on Twitter) who recall the true stories of real Leave voters who have changed their mind and want a second referendum. I am a RemainerNow. I want a second referendum, with the option to maintain the best deal we have and have always had, to stay a full member of the EU.
I hope that Labour will campaign to remain and will get a clearer stance on Brexit. As much as I would support revocation I don’t believe it will solve this crisis. We need a second referendum, with the truth and ensuring legality of campaigning. I thank you for the work you have done in fighting for the rights and best interests of your Gower constituents.
Note: Lance has written a previous piece published in January 2019 in PMP Magazine.
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