A former lorry driver and soldier from Derbyshire is one of the protesters leading the fight for the UK to rejoin the European Union (EU) after losing his job due to Brexit.
Peter Corr, 42, who lives in Hatton, says Brexit has resulted in job losses, fewer opportunities for young people and price rises for shoppers. He says it’s time to stand up to the “lies” that were told in the run up to the referendum.
Peter said: “We were promised so many upsides but I can see only downsides and many of these are being deliberately hidden from us by this Government. The conversation on re-joining needs to start now and we must not shy away from admitting it was the single biggest act of self-harm to the nation.
“It’s time to take action and stand up to the lies that were peddled for the Brexit vote. We want our European star back and more opportunities for the nation’s young people.
“Yes, we have left the EU, but we have got over that and now we simply must start a conversation about re-joining the EU. Lost opportunities for our young people, higher travel costs, higher food costs, companies relocating to the EU, queues at every travel point, the risk of a trade war with the EU. The list goes on and on. Every person I talk to is so worried about the cost of living crisis and inflation.
“We must pay attention to experts like Former Bank of England policymaker Adam Posen, who says 80 per cent of the reason the UK has the highest inflation of any G7 country is due to the impact of Brexit on immigration and the labour market.
“For me the whole Brexit debate went on and it was wrong to have left in first place based on what the campaigns were talking about, it was stuff we didn’t know was true or not and vice versa.
“Now we’re out, we can see with our own eyes what it’s like compared to inside and everything is worse. I am losing my job as a lorry driver for a small firm that has gone bust. They couldn’t get drivers at the start of the year, and the fuel crisis finished them off.
“My family and every other family I know of is still split to this day. Now calls to rejoin are growing in numbers, including leavers joining us as they have seen that Brexit is actually hurting their businesses and family.
“We’re not getting the things we thought we’d get. Democracy has been fulfilled, but now we’re out we’ve got a choice: carry on how we are or go back in. Let’s get back into the single market at least.”
He is one of the organisers of a march to Parliament Square in London that had been due to take place today, Saturday, September 10, calling for the Government to reverse Brexit. It has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Co-organiser Richard Wilson, from Leeds, highlights Brexit’s impact on the NHS.
He said: “There is a chronic shortage of doctors, nurses and care workers – we are all going to suffer from permanently understaffed hospitals and longer waiting times.
“No one voted for this but it’s the new reality in so many sectors of the economy, from logistics to farming, fishing to manufacturing, and research to hospitality. Brexit is costing the UK more than the Covid pandemic, and the adverse effects and costs will keep mounting for decades to come – unless and until we change course.’
“A European Movement Derbyshire spokesperson said: “A huge march calling for Britain to re-join the EU is primed to attract many thousands of protesters from throughout the country, just days after the new PM takes office.
“Brexit has failed, it’s adding substantially to the cost-of-living crisis, and Britain must re-join the EU as soon as is practical. We want “Rejoin” to become mainstream as soon as practical.”