‘We don’t exist to them, do we?’: Why working-class people voted for Brexit

Many of us abstained on principle, some of us voted leave because:
The worst possible outcome would have been a narrow remain vote, business as usual for the tory party, UKIP and the fash. There would have been a significant right-wing backlash capable of drawing on popular anger. Meanwhile a gloating Dave Cameron (remember him?) would pander to it by being extremely unpleasant to non-EU ‘non white’ migrants.
We regard European political union as a white supremacist project, promoting the global hegemony not just of European culture but of North Western European culture.
The EU was hastily constructed when the European powers began to lose their empires – and how the British ruling class scrambled to get in as its last dominoes fell.
Ask agricultural workers in the Southern hemisphere what they think.
We can’t condone any entity that enshrines private property and the enforcement of debt in its constitution.
Any collusion between ruling classes is against our interests, we’d rather fight in a phone box than a field.
We want an end to the European arrest warrant.
We remember how the British bourgeoisie marshalled its tame media to swing the vote last time round (and watched with glee as the leave campaign tried to throw the game this time).
We knew full well the politicians couldn’t deliver ‘brexit’ and we wanted to watch our enemies beating each other up, saves us the bother. Careers have been ruined, fortunes lost, representative politics utterly discredited and bankrupt – and there’s still no end to it!
With a push and a shove the UK and the EU could break up, Scotland could be independent, Britain lose its last colony in Ireland and the sun finally sets on its empire.
Give us a spanner and we’ll chuck it, thanks, be rude not to.

Are we stupid then?

This piece was originally published by Lisa Mckenzie on LSE blogs. Given that it’s coming to crunch time with the vote on the ‘deal’ May dragged back from Brussels taking place on Tuesday 11th December, we think it’s timely to republish it here. The reason being is that we’re fed up with the way all Leave voters have been demonised by liberal middle class elements and that little effort has been made to deal with the sense of frustration, alienation and despair that drove many working class people to vote Leave in 2016.

Working-class people were more likely to vote for Brexit. However, Lisa Mckenzie takes issue with the notion that these people were simply ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’. They saw Brexit, with all the uncertainties it would bring, as an alternative to the status quo. Deindustrialisation and austerity have taken a heavy toll on working-class communities – one which…

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