Thursday 07 Feb 2019
In the last referendum I voted in favour of getting out of the European Union for the reasons giving in my blog below. They are still valid. The European Union may have prevented war between nations in Europe, but it has not stopped them from waging war on other nations outside. It is also very much a centralised Super State based on representative democracy, international capitalism with policies made largely by unelected commissioners.
I was out of the country at the time and did not follow the details of the arguments and the campaigns in Britain. I was hoping for greater independence and sovereignty and a chance of creating a more democratic, just, equal,free and ecological society. This has simply not happened, nor does it seem on the cards. I am still profoundly anti-racist, in favour of immigration for political refugees, and believe that we should reach to other peoples and countries beyond Europe. I consider myself as a citizen of the world.
Since my return I have realised that ‘Brexit’ has unleashed some very ugly, xenophobic and nationalist emotions in which many think of ‘what is it in for me?’ rather than consider the 'general good’ for all. The debate has become narrowly commercial and market-driven and very much against foreigners and immigrants.
I therefore am now in favour of a second referendum to decide whether we should be within or without the European Union. The people of this country, and not professional politicians nor the economic elites, should have the final say.