83. On Friday 24th June we get to find out whether we have voted to be Little England or Great Britain.

If you are thinking of voting “Leave” on the 23rd June because of any one of the following 12 reasons … you might like to think again:

  1. Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, you think immigration is a drain on the economy.
  2. You are angry with the EU over the fisheries discard policy, but not angry with Nigel Farage. (Who sat on the EU fisheries committee but only turned up to one of 42 meetings held to draft the policy).
  3. You think that those in favour of Remain are part of a great conspiracy (just have a look at the lists below*).
  4. You are worried about mass migration but have no idea what the Schengen agreement is or what the UK’s veto powers are.
  5. You confuse free movement migration with illegal immigration. One of which is a two-way street with far more protection than you think and the other is nothing to do with the EU and only likely to increase upon withdrawal as we lose access to Europol data.
  6. You believe that, although we import far more than we export, we will be in a better position trade-wise out of the single market.
  7. You think the EU is undemocratic despite all members having been elected to parliament. Civil servants don’t count, btw. Just as British civil servants don’t count in British government. Don’t make me mention the House of Lords.
  8. You blame the EU parliament for our interests being overlooked and not the UKIP MEPs who have the lowest attendance rate to parliament. A little bit like blaming the postman for not delivering a letter you forgot to post.
  9. You are willing to make international travel laborious, expensive and challenging because you don’t like hearing different languages in your high street.
  10. You support UKIP. Or have sympathies for the BNP/EDL/BF and have ‘liked’ any of their pages or shared any of their posts.
  11. You somehow blame the EU for the state of the NHS and not the Tory government who have been stripping it for nearly a decade.
  12. You think the EU makes British law.

*The Fors and the Againsts

The Fors The Againsts
Governor of the Bank of England
International Monetary Fund
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Confederation of British Industry
Leaders/heads of state of every single other member of the EU
President of the United States of America
Eight former US Treasury Secretaries
President of China
Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister of Japan
Prime Minister of New ZealandThe chief executives of most of the top 100 companies in the UK including Marks and Spencer, BT, Asda, Vodafone, Virgin, IBM, BMW etc.
Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations
All living former Prime Ministers of the UK (from both parties)
Virtually all reputable and recognised economists
The Prime Minister of the UK
The leader of the Labour Party
The Leader of the Liberal Democrats
The Leader of the Green Party
The Leader of the Scottish National Party
The leader of Plaid Cymru
Leader of Sinn Fein
Martin Lewis, that money saving dude off the telly
The Secretary General of the TUC
Unison
National Union of Students
National Union of Farmers
Stephen Hawking
Chief Executive of the NHS
300 of the most prominent international historians
Director of Europol
David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
Former Directors of GCHQ
Secretary General of Nato
Church of England
Church in Scotland
Church in Wales
Friends of the Earth Greenpeace
Director General of the World Trade Organisation
WWF
World Bank
OECD
Boris Johnson – who probably doesn’t really care either way, but knows he’ll become Prime Minister if the country votes to leave (he is on record speaking in favour of the EU only a few months ago – oh, and his great grandfather was Turkish, irony of ironies
A former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who carried out a brutal regime of cuts to benefits and essential support for the poorest in society as well as the disabled and sick.
The guy who was Education Secretary and every single teacher in the country hated with a furious passion for the damage he was doing to the education system.
Leader of UKIP
BNP
Britain First
Donald Trump
Keith Chegwin
David IckeSignificantly enhanced by a couple of very credible and succesful businessmen:

Sir James Dyson

Lord Bamford

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