Cards on the table, I will be voting Remain on Thursday 23rd.
I have always known I would vote Remain, and nothing in the past six weeks or year has made me change my mind.
I was heartened to read this extract of the Piccadilly Records mail out earlier today:
20 years ago today Manchester suffered its own terrorist attack when the IRA detonated the largest bomb ever exploded on mainland Britain. Luckily no-one was killed, but many people were seriously injured, and the bomb devastated the city centre. Our shop (on Brown Street back then) was also badly damaged, with the front totally blown in.
The Northern Ireland Good Friday power sharing agreement is one of the many things that might be in jeopardy if the UK leaves the European Union. The EU isn’t perfect by any means, and needs reforming, but surely, in a global economy, we’d have better bargaining power as part of Europe. Also, the money that goes to the EU then gets redistributed around the UK, rather than all going on projects in London. The tram network in Manchester was built using European money. The regeneration in Salford has European backing. 1000s of jobs in the North depend on us trading with the EU. Lastly, do you really want Boris and Gove to be the leaders in a Tory government? Just make sure you all go and vote next Thursday!
I’ve also been trying to find a guide to the issues that is intelligent and not just a collage of hysterical slogans, voxpops and celebrity endorsements, and I think the one the Economist has put together comes close.
I also read The Economist‘s matter of fact guide to just how we would leave the EU, were it voted for and I recommend that you have a read of it, it makes for a sobering, dispassionate read.
I’m ending by including a link to this video from The Green Party as it’s one of the view to discuss EU membership from an environmental perspective.
Please vote on the 23rd.