Blog: ‘I voted for Brexit – but I fear we’ll go back in’ – Birmingham Live

More than six years ago, Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU). And three years ago, this month, we officially left.

But Black Country voters believe little has changed since then. Amid the cost-of-living crisis, with soaring bills, we asked people in Walsall if they would change their minds.

All the people we spoke with were still in favour of Brexit. But the general response was they felt Brexit hadn’t been delivered ‘as promised’ – or not at all.

READ MORE:‘We were lied to – I shouldn’t have voted for Brexit’

They raised concerns about the promise of additional NHS funding, with our health service under huge financial strains. And they also queried the promise about reducing immigration, with record numbers of arrivals coming by boat.

Paul Booth, aged 62, from Great Wyrley, who was cleaning windows on shopfronts in the town centre, said: “I voted for Brexit but I don’t want to go back in. I wouldn’t be surprised if they put us back in, though. That would be even more on their terms (EU).

“As far as I’m concerned, we haven’t had a Brexit. All the reasons they said we were going to have a Brexit for – more spending on the NHS, stopping immigration – we haven’t even got control of our borders.

“The quality of politicians you get now, you don’t see anyone with gumption, for want of a better word. The Tories are like a watered-down Labour party. I have always voted Tory, next time I will vote for the Reform Party.”

Darrell Stanford, 60, from Moxley, echoed similar thoughts. He said: “I voted to leave and I still agree with that decision. I’m a big Nigel Farage believer, he started this whole thing.”

Mr Stanford believed Brexit hadn’t been delivered as promised due to ‘political infighting’ and ‘objections made through the courts’. He added: “To get our powers back, I don’t think it is going to be an easy thing.”

Meanwhile, Lee Farley, 45, of Winlock Gardens, Walsall, said: “I didn’t vote but I agreed with us leaving. We became lazy when we joined the EU, we stopped making things.

“They wanted to get rid of the British pound, which has been around for generations. It’s time for us to stand up and be great again.”

A man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he didn’t vote either way. But he added: “With Covid, it hasn’t made much of a difference.”

The British public voted in favour of leaving the European Union on June 23, 2016, with 51.89 per cent opting to leave. A total of 33,577,342 votes were made in the referendum.

In Walsall, 135,685 turned out to vote – with 68 per cent of voters (92,007) opting to leave. Britain’s withdrawal from the EU happened three-and-half years later, at 11pm on January 31, 2020.


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