Post-Referendum Vox Pops: a Definite Lack of Information Overtaken by Lazy Racism

THere was a sense of malaise surrounding the whole referendum

Nothing that came out of a politician’s mouth was genuine.

Both campaigns were so negative. It felt like nothing that came out of a politician’s mouth was genuine. People felt it. It felt like there was a sense of malaise surrounding the whole referendum. Many people I speak to now say, they needed to know more before casting their vote, or that they were close to not voting at all. Maybe this is a testament to how little the EU actually affects our everyday lives. Maybe not, let’s wait and see.

I feel that the whole issue of immigration and lack of self-determination was engineered by the right-wing press to divert us away from larger issues. There are problems with being in Europe, I accept that, but there was no way I could get behind a campaign that was aimed at bigots. And, the problems seem less now in a way, after the referendum.

John White, Civil Engineer

the Brexit campaign seemed to just attract lazy racists

It is too easy for those who feel hard done by to blame all their problems on immigrants.

I voted for the UK to remain because I think we will have a stronger economy and it is too easy for those who feel hard done by to blame all their problems on immigrants. We all want change, are passionate about the UK and making it ‘great’ again but the Brexit campaign seemed to just attract lazy racists.

I work for Pizza Express which is part of a larger, international, group of companies. We employ a lot of EU citizens and they work hard for us. Lots of them are my friends. Not being part of the EU will definitely make visas, and things like that, more difficult and our ‘immigrant’ staff members make a strong contribution.  

Oliver Hibbert, Restaurant Manager

I think we should all be very worried

This referendum has been a selfish move for the older generations.

I wanted the best future possible for my children and future grandchildren. I feel that this referendum has been a selfish move for the older generations. They have made a decision that will affect generations to come whilst they are on the way out.

I don't trust the government to do the best for the British people either. I don't want them to have all the power to do what they want. The EU was like some kind of ‘Tory buffer,’ preventing too much austerity or the stripping away of workers’ rights. Now we have lost that. Not to mention, everything is going to increase in price because of the Pound falling. I think we should all be very worried.

Caroline Oaks, Secretary

The Leave campaigners have opened a box that can’t be shut again

It has only just got back to normal. I really do not want to return to those difficult times.

I am worried about the rise of right-wing groups in the UK and across Europe. Since Brexit, there is a greater risk of break-up for the UK and the rest of Europe. The EU is by no means perfect, but now there is talk of another recession and I’m not sure if I can take another. My job suffered for 5 years after the crash of 2008. It has only just got back to normal. I really do not want to return to those difficult times.

It won’t be just difficult in terms of jobs. The Leave campaigners have opened a box that can’t be shut again. Playing on the fear of immigration, they promised to spend a fictional £350 million and make Britain ‘great’ again. Some, who feel left behind by the establishment, jumped on the bandwagon, blaming immigrants as they went. And, because all the campaigns were so ridiculous and exaggerated, adding quips about World War 3, the Nazis and throwing numbers around willy-nilly, the remain arguments on the economy seemed incredible. I understand why people got caught up in the furore of the Leave campaign. It is like Trump's support in America, a mob culture has been whipped up. Many voted to remain in a vacuum of information.

Aiden Jones, Unemployed

A clear picture of Brexit was never, really, presented to the public

All we saw was very sensationalist and essentially meaningless.

During this referendum campaign, there has been a definite lack of information. I made a reluctant decision to remain. I am still not sure what the best decision would have been but I didn’t want to lose my freedom to roam and work elsewhere in the EU.

This referendum, for me, was one of media scare-mongering and political extremes. A clear picture of Brexit was never, really, presented to the public. All we saw was very sensationalist and essentially meaningless. Immigration was used to manipulate people. I don’t think leaving the EU will lower immigration and I doubt the Leave campaign did either. But it was discussed a lot as if it would. The working classes are at the bottom of most political agendas, be it the EU or national government. I am working class and, in the long run, I doubt that it will make much difference whether or not we are in EU. We will still face Tory evil.

Nick Henry, Waiter

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Leon Zadok writes on politics with a focus on opinion and analysis, and tea. Being a recent graduate in law from Leeds Beckett and having written for the local press and online, Leon is sure he has got it all figured out. Previously contributing to Column F, The York Press, The Wakefield Express, and The Yorkshire Post, to name a few, Leon works on a freelance basis and writes regularly for Disclaimer.

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