Brexit: One Year On

On June 23rd 2016, the UK voted in favour of leaving the European Union. In Eastbourne, 30,700 people voted to leave, compared to 22,845 in favour of remain. However, of the people we asked, a majority appeared to have voted to stay in Europe.
Paul, a retired Eastbourne resident who voted to remain, said: “We had a vote, we had a conclusion. Stick to it.
“What if there is another vote and it goes the other way? What do we do? Best of 3?
“They (the media) don’t know what is going on. No one knows what the government are doing behind closed doors, it’s very complex, it’s very complicated.”

Judy Norris, 55, also voted to remain. As a Labour party member, she had a negative view of the government we have handling the process and feels that Brexit is a reaction to “many years of the Tories ripping each other apart”. Despite stating that “we should stay in Europe”, she does, however, think that “David Cameron did the honourable thing and gave the people the vote.” Unsurprisingly, as a Labour voter she felt that Jeremy Corbyn would perhaps be a better person to lead the government during this turbulent period.
Louise, who is studying Physical Education at the University of Brighton,had to pause to think about whether or not she voted remain or leave before eventually coming to the conclusion she voted remain. She said: “I am probably not the best person to ask” with regard to the topic of Brexit, but did state, “We should have stayed (In the EU)”. This viewpoint is consistent with the stereotype that younger people have little to no interest in current political issues.
Amanda Tidey, 54, voted leave due to her discontent with the European government laws. She explained that some of the laws exploit fishermen with many “fishermen being broke because of fishing laws.” She also noted that “farmers have so many constraints on them and there is not enough British food to be sold over here (in the UK).”
Amanda went on to say that the Brexit process has not “been quick enough” and she does not “like what’s going on.” She did not have a problem with European nationals moving to the UK “as long as they are working”, but argued that “immigrants should not just come over and claim benefits”.

John, 70, of Eastbourne, said he was “solid on remain”. He also stated that it was “inevitable” that Brexit would take time to execute because it is “a hugely complicated process”.
He also emphasised: “It’s going to take a long long time. Anyone who thought it was going to be a quick process is very naive.”



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