The EU Referendum – Part 3 – How to decide?

Of those who will vote, I think most have already decided how they will vote. And you will hear different things when you talk to people about why they have decided the way they have decided.

People are talking about immigration, cost, healthcare, jobs, crime, wages, benefits, security, innovation, bureaucracy, sovereignty, human rights and legislation. They are also talking about kettle voltages and straight bananas!! (For those not familiar, there are stories about the EU dictating to the UK about how straight or bent our bananas are allowed to be, and about what voltage our kettles are allowed to be – at least one of these is probably true.)

Almost of all of these arguments are presented by both sides. Both claim that healthcare improves if we vote the way they want. Both claim that wages and work opportunities improve if we vote the way they want. Both sides claim we will have more trade, will be more secure, will have more influence internationally, etc.

So how do people decide?

People (myself included) claim that we have decided to vote in one direction because we believe the arguments in favour. However, I think that what actually happens is the opposite. I believe the arguments in favour of remaining in the UK because I have decided that I want to remain. And I think this is what we are all doing.

We are each (whether we know it or not) making the decision to leave or remain based on one (or more) underlying principles that we hold dear. We then use these other arguments to justify the decision we have made.

I’ll get to my reasons in the next post.

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