I will never support the theft of my EU citizenship rights, freedoms and protections, and I know I am not alone in that. The enemy have still not given any factual benefits to leaving and show no sign of ever doing so.
I support this statement wholeheartedly and it is theft. Rights and freedoms given to us by the establishment taken away by family members ex friends and random strangers instigated by people who do not represent my views. Thank you you do raise some interesting and valid points here. They may require some further discussion or may not
All this has done is divide the country split family, friends and communities caused a hostile angry mood across the nation. It’s Brought about a rise in right wing views that haven’t been seen since the NF days.
Now in my late 30s my views are well and truly not changeable. I was brought up in a working class family that voted Tory?????? The me, me, money, more now generation. My parents were racist, homophobic father was sexist and narrow minded but they defended their views because they had pride in British values, and traditional family values. I grew up around this and started taking an interest in politics, education policy, social norms. Things were happening not a fan of Blair but I think things started their with him. He grabbed the young vote.
From there successive governments spent so much time and effort educated the young not to discriminate and not to hate, but to accept,welcome,embrace and diversity. And these things have been enshrined in law.
What we have now is a generation coming of age after being taught to accept that are hearing how so many people want the “good old days, when we were a great nation” come on people. No one I have heard talking voted for independent trade deals. All I hear is close the borders, send them back, bring back the death penalty and blue passports.
Get real the empire is dead thankfully. I don’t want to live in “little Britain” how about the government let the remainders continue as eu citizens and pay a small personal fee for all the rights and freedoms that are about to be stolen and strip the leavers of all eu privileges and give them a non eu passport. Failing that agree with the eu a relocation package for those who wish to remain in the eu a bit like the “£10 poms” back in the good old days.
A lot of you guys on here can probably remember when homosexuality was illegal. What a thought sex between 2 consenting adults punishable by a prison sentence, yes back in the good old days. Or pak** bashing Or queer bashing was common, a pass time of my father and stepfather in their youth. Back in the good old days when all you had to do to become middle class was buy your own council house and vote Tory.
To end this my mother’s views have done a complete 360 and my sister was brought up not being exposed to detrimental ideals and has grown to be a well rounded open minded remainer as I am as my wife is and as my mother is.
This is going to affect generations to come but not in my name. Yes I will continue to waste my vote on the Liberal Democrat’s in each and every vote as I have done since coming of age
Their is one major problem with your well written piece …….. you have not experienced life prior to Maastricht.
Other areas for debate are, for example, whether "successive governments spent so much time and effort educated the young not to discriminate and not to hate, but to accept, welcome, and embrace diversity", is a good thing. From a lot of people's perspective, it isn't. All the effort that was expended on trying to get multiculturalism to succeed was a complete and utter waste and only resulted in sowing the seeds for what has now blossomed, a ghetto mentality, which in itself promotes racial hatred and further separatist factions. Multiculturalism is at the root of many of the problems that this country faces. We even have different cultures within our own native ethnicity, nowadays, which simply cannot be right if we're looking to achieve a social model that promotes harmony. We need to rediscover a national identity, and that cannot be achieved by further dilution of ethnicity, the EU being a prime example of that dilution."