I received the following email this morning from an organisation I’ve always had the greatest regard for.
More Brits than ever are on the voting rolls for today’s once-in-a-generation decision. But what will determine whether love triumphs over hate and if we stay in Europe, is how many people actually vote before the polls close at 10PM tonight.
Here are four quick tips:
Plan when you’ll vote. A surprising number of people miss out because they haven’t pinned down the best moment. Make a plan — how will voting fit into your day?
Check where to vote. Your polling station address is on your polling card, or you can find it here. You don’t need your card to vote, but in Northern Ireland you must bring ID (details).
Help others vote. The Stronger In Campaign has events all across the country until 10pm – join one and make sure as many Remain supporters vote as possible.
Share that you’ve voted. Sharing this image on Facebook, or a smiling selfie of you outside the polling station, encourages friends to follow your example and vote themselves.
Opinion polls have been jumping around and this is going to be very, very tight. So let’s get our crosses in the ballot boxes as early as possible. Then do all we can to keep us in Europe, and engaged with the world, by making today the biggest vote our country has ever seen!
Let’s choose love, and vote remain,
Alex, Oli, Andrew, David, Fatima, Alice, Emma and the whole Avaaz team
I have to admit to feeling quite offended that should I choose to vote to exit the EU it’s because I support Hate not Love and because I have no wish to engage with the world. I have already voted and my vote was to leave the EU. That’s not to say I don’t like Europeans. You can hardly claim a Frenchman who doesn’t like the EU doesn’t like Europeans can you, and yet there are certainly plenty of them who don’t like it. The intimation is that I don’t like immigrants and /or am prejudiced against them. That’s patently untrue. The UK has always had immigrants and benefits greatly from them but I feel that we should be allowed a choice in the immigrants we accept. This has nothing to do with refugees who have been welcomed here. I did see a television programme this week though where a couple with one child were given a two bedroom flat. They were very unhappy that they weren’t given something approaching the 6 bedroom palace they left behind with their servants in their own country. I’m not denying their right or their need to live here, just perhaps their ingratitude.
Where my problem is with immigration and the EU open door policy is that we cannot choose who is able to come. So,if Turkey is admitted to the EU freedom of movement could mean we get huge numbers here who are here for the benefits and since they admit it on camera it is a real threat. There are many criminal gangs who would be here like a shot. The UK benefits system cannot cope with the stress it’s already under due to an ageing population and the number of calls it has on benefits from existing immigrants. The health service is also under tremendous strain because unlike other countries we don’t charge those from outside our country for treatment.
The EU itself annoys me with it’s petty rules and regulations which we’ve all heard about like the straight bananas. Over and above that though I dislike the huge waste of money every month when the Parliament makes a monthly move, lock, stock and barrel. That’s 2 entire trains and many removal vans for files, from one country to another for a few days. I believe the cost of that is two million pounds. Whatever we pay the EU each week we are given a rebate, I accept this, but we still get less than 50% of the rest back. I believe it could better be spent in this country on education and healthcare. We can still trade with the EU and whatever the warnings of impending doom, German car manufacturers are not going to want to lose this lucrative market. But, we can trade with the broader world as well and perhaps make better deals than we currently get. We will also be able to help our fishing industry which has suffered thanks to EU regulations.
Greece has suffered under the austerity measures imposed by the EU.It’s the people that are made to suffer, not the Government that brought the problems about. Portugal and Ireland almost suffered a similar outcome. As we’re not part of the Eurozone I see no reason why we should be responsible for bailing these countries out. Not because I don’t care about the people, but because I think the situation has been mismanaged by the EU.
I do love people. I care greatly for them but that doesn’t mean I can’t hold opinions about the EU and love my Country too. Not all Brexiteers are right wing neo nazis as some would like to portray them. Can’t we just accept we have a differing opinion and remain friends?