My job for the last 3 years has been EU researcher at a London think tank. My work was mainly on the problems of the EU and the different options for leaving the EU – in short, what might be called Eurosceptic. They can all be accessed here for free.
Over the course of my time there I have become convinced that it is best for Britain to remain within the EU, although it certainly has its problems. I have now left Civitas.
Here are some of my reasons for supporting Remain.
- the EU is good for Britain’s economy and working people
- the EU is not a threat to Parliamentary Sovereignty
- the Vote Leave ‘BMW leverage’ argument for a good Brexit deal is flawed
- the Brexit case is wildly optimistic
- the idea that Brexit would usher in a democratic utopia is undermined by leave leaders’ records
- the EU’s migration rules are good for Britain
- Brexit would be bad for security
- TTIP is not a reason for leftwing voters to support Leave
- All Remain arguments necessarily sound like scaremongering, and that’s fine
- Potential budget savings from Brexit are tiny compared to minor economic fluctuations
- It is insincere to fight the referendum on class lines (complete with rebuttal from my ex-boss)
- The free movement of people is an important lifeline for young Britons
- The least damaging model for exit is still damaging
Here is how I think the government could promote Leave-Remain reconciliation, and try to fix the EU’s problems, after a Remain win:
You could also argue this (by a colleague), which is mildly true but barely relevant:
Here is how the EU would have to develop for me to consider pushing for another referendum and wanting to vote to leave.
I have a few more articles planned, but await people to pay me to write them.
I am happy to discuss my views further.