New Statesman - I felt rushed into voting Leave. I want another vote on the final Brexit deal

Before the referendum I was mainly positive about the EU. I had voted to go into the “Common Market” in 1975 at the age of 25, three years after gaining a degree and at the start of my career as a graphic designer.

I say mainly positive, because although I took advantage of the open borders to travel, enjoyed the wealth of produce we were importing and appreciated pan-European co-operation, I was greatly concerned at the prospect of a federal Europe. I was also incensed that some judgements of the EU courts were impinging on our own justice system. It seemed that we were losing our sovereignty and that worried me. Still, I didn’t really want to come out of the EU and I certainly wasn’t clamouring for a referendum.

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During the campaign, I couldn’t find a source or opinion that I felt I could wholeheartedly trust. My family and I watched all the programmes and debates that were aired on the subject, listened avidly to radio reporting and often read newspaper articles but found the whole thing extremely bewildering. Claims and counter-claims just added to the confusion. I really wanted the TV and radio presenters that I admire and trust to tell me what to do, but of course their essential impartiality would not allow them to do that.

When it came to vote, I felt unprepared and rushed. My resulting “leave” vote was a personal protest against the unedifying behaviour of the majority of our prominent politicians. It seemed like the only way I could express my deep anger was to make it a close vote. I was totally convinced that the vote would be to stay in, and it was entirely a last minute decision to put my cross where it went - to come out.


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