Who: Emma Thompson, Actress & Hugo Dixon, Author
Actress Emma Thompson called the UK “a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island,” she added: “I feel European even though I live in Great Britain, and in Scotland.”
“So of course I’m going to vote to stay in Europe.
“Oh my God, it would be madness not to. It would be a crazy idea not to. We should be taking down borders, not putting them up.” (1)
Author Hugo Dixon went on to say: 'allowing free movement of people within the EU has been good for our economy. It has also enriched our culture and given our own citizens more opportunities to work, study and retire across the Channel.' (2)
THE CASE FOR A #FREEBRITAIN
"While the immigration debate is mainly analysed through an economic lense, it is also important to look at the other impacts that mass migration has had on British culture and identity.
There is no democracy without a ‘demos’ - a people with a shared culture, beliefs and ideals who owe allegiance to each other. There is also no real freedom unless there is a shared moral code - the alternative is a range of laws and a bigger state to protect each section of society's interests. I believe there should not only be one law for all, but also an emphasis and defence of the British values which hold us together.
This referendum is the last chance saloon to control migration for the next century. In the event of a remain vote, voting Red, Blue or Yellow will not make a difference to net migration. By voting to remain, we will have to accept net migration of over 300,000 year on year on year.
A vote to remain will therefore change the fabric of our society permanently and will have subsequent impacts on social cohesion, our communities and our identity. Migration, at a controlled level from EU and Non EU countries will allow for deeper integration, assimilation and social cohesion of different cultural and faith groups.
Mass migration of an uncontrollable level has caused a social and class divide. It hasn’t impacted the coalition of the comfortable - those who have enough money to shield themselves from the economic and social impacts of migration. Those at the bottom of the economic ladder are forced to deal with the consequences of wage compression and increased pressure on public services.
It’s all well and good for the wealthy middle-classes, who consider themselves ‘citizens of the world’ and are snobbishly callous about the degradation of their own culture, but for those who have less, their culture and shared identity matters; it’s what holds the poorest communities together and gives them the means of mutual support and growth.
By taking back control of migration from the European Union, our own directly-elected officials can implement a migration policy which ultimately benefits our economy, keeps a strong sense of identity, and helps encourage stronger and more integrated communities."
Steven Woolfe MEP