TL;DR: I hope you will join me in voting Remain in Thursday's EU Referendum
I don't often post about politics, but Thursday's EU Referendum is too important to sit quietly on the sidelines. I'm concerned about the rise of right wing and isolationist viewpoints in the UK. I firmly believe we need to unite to solve the larger problems we are facing as a global society and not just be inwardly focused. I reject the UKIP xenophobia that is driving many to vote Brexit and want to avoid a future where Nigel Farage and his followers have increased influence and input on how the UK is governed.
The benefits of EU membership far outweigh the drawbacks. From protecting worker's rights, consumer's rights and human rights to helping tackle environmental issues and investing in and uniting scientific communities, I see the EU as having an overwhelmingly positive and beneficial impact on the UK:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-what-has-european-union-done-for-us-david-cameron-brexit-a6850626.htmlhttps://europe.alexpounds.com/http://www.proeuropa.org.uk/twelevereasonshttp://infacts.org/11-reasons-young-vote-remain/https://my.greenparty.org.uk/sites/my.greenparty.org.uk/files/WordcloudEUFB.jpg
Perhaps a less serious reason, but one that resonates with me personally is the negative impact Brexit would have on the UK's art and cultural scene. If we erect barriers to Europe, the arts that enrich our lives will suffer from those barriers. For example, if you are a music fan, you may want to read this:http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1186-the-uk-leaving-the-eu-would-change-the-european-music-industry/
"Pitchfork enlisted experts across the music industry to help break down the potential impact of a decision that will affect trade, free movement, and international support networks—i.e. every aspect of their business. It’s important to note that this is speculation based on existing precedents, but that interviewees were universally concerned about the prospect of Brexit."
If I awoke to news on Friday that the UK had voted to leave the EU, I'd feel a terrible sense of loss and missed opportunity. I want London and the UK be leaders in Europe, not walk away. While I could enumerate further reasons I'm voting Remain, much has already been written and said about this debate more elegantly than I can present, so I've collected a few links that you might find useful if you are considering joining me in a Remain vote.
Have an internationalist, liberal worldview? This Guardian article resonated with me:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/18/observer-editorial-eu-referendum-how-to-vote
"Our future is profoundly affected by the fortunes of the continent of which we are a part. Leaving the EU does not change that – it simply means we will have far less influence over how our future pans out."
If well-researched, top notch journalism is your thing? Try this FT article:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/3748166e-3151-11e6-ad39-3fee5ffe5b5b.html#axzz4CALNp52t
'This is no time to revert to Little England. We are Great Britain. We have a contribution to make to a more prosperous, safer world. The vote must be “Remain”.'
Prefer a sarcastic but still insightful take? Watch John Oliver's clip on why we should Remain (warning on language and adult content):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgKHSNqxa8
And finally the main Remain campaign sites:http://www.strongerin.co.uk/https://www.eureferendum.gov.uk/
I will be voting for the UK to Remain a member of the European Union on Thursday, and I hope the UK voting population unites to support Remain. Please make sure you vote in this critical referendum.
And for a bit of color, this is the 'IN' sticker I've been wearing on my backpack that has survived storms and other mishaps throughout this campaign. I've re-colored it as it's gotten damaged and re-taped it many times...