Some at least of those of us who do not want to remain with the EU as it is are NOT anti-Europe, we do not want to turn our backs on Europe or want the UK to attempt to “go it alone.”
I can get along comfortably in three European languages and manage a little with two others. I have lived and worked in Europe and made friends from a number of our neighbouring countries. I have friends from immigrant backgrounds and friends who have come here as refugees and I am pleased that they are here in the UK. I want my government to work constructively and harmoniously with our neighbours.
However, I do not want my country, and its neighbours, to be directed by an unelected body which fails to account for the money we provide it and evidence of prime ministerial duplicity about our last referendum, about a common market, makes me query the legitimacy of our membership of the EU.
The EU did not provide David Cameron with what he wanted earlier this year. Does anyone think the EU will behave differently should we vote to stay in? Should we vote to leave, our government, set in a parliament with a “Remain” majority, will not have to apply immediately to leave. This will give both sides time to consider matters before moving on and into that consideration will come concerns from neighbours who do not like the way the EU is moving. In its response to a leave vote the EU would not simply have the UK to think about, but reactions in other countries of the Union.
My “Leave” vote is not anti-anything. It will be what I consider the best way to achieve a positive outcome in Europe, to concentrate the minds of European governments, to challenge the European Union and to support others who are wary of a potential super-state. I appreciate and respect the concerns of many “Remainers” and my vote will be tactical, rather than final and dismissive of our friends and neighbours.