The best argument in favour of continued UK membership of the EU is to look at agenda of the people who want us to leave. The vast majority of them are ideologues of the hard right, with a few hard-leftists and a rather larger group of borderline racist swivel-eyed xenophobes.
What they all have in common is a vision of Britain that is not the sort of country I want to live in. They’re all people for whom any form of social democracy is anathema.
The Tory right tend to keep quiet about their future Britain without all those pesky EU regulations and nonsense about worker’s rights. As quoted in Jonathan Calder’s blog:
Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, who are all seen as rising stars on the right of the party, describe British workers as among the “worst idlers” in the world, and urge David Cameron to reform work places along the lines of the Asian, rather than the European model.
Yes, they look forward to a nation in which people work far longer hours in much poorer conditions in order to be competitive with the sweatshops of the far-east.
Yes, the Barclay Brothers, the Rothermere family and the pornographer who owns the Daily Express churn out anti-EU propaganda in the newspapers they own, like Britain’s very own version of America’s Koch brothers, and people fall for their simplistic populism.
But read the above quote and ask yourself: Is the Britain they want really the sort of country you want to live in?