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Brian Eno calls on “complacent” Remain supporters to get out and vote

By | Published on Monday 20 June 2016

Brian Eno

Brian Eno has urged those who support the campaign for the UK to remain part of the European Union, but who were not planning on voting in the referendum this Thursday, to sort it out and get down to that polling station.

“Until recently I’d assumed there was no chance we’d vote to leave”, wrote Eno in a Facebook post. “However, recent polls seem to be showing ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ are neck and neck. Some polls even show ‘Leave’ leading. You may have made up your mind and plan to vote (in which case ignore this letter), but if, like me, you’ve been complacent about the issue, it might be time to rethink”.

“I have a lot of misgivings about the way the EU is run, but they don’t make me want to ditch the whole idea”, he added. “I feel the EU is one of the only restraints on the kind of neo-liberal market fundamentalism that has seen inequality rising throughout the world. I feel that it has been a net force for good in promoting enlightened social and environmental agendas. It could and should be doing a better job at all these things, but to do any job at all it needs our support”.

Rallying less enthused Remainers again, he said: “The Leavers know they can count on their demographic – primarily older people – to get out and vote, whereas the ‘Remain’ demographic is less reliable (and more complacent). And the Leavers have LOTS of money: seems like a lot of very wealthy people are anxious to get out of the EU”.

“I wonder why?” he asked. “Is it because many of the constraints on how badly you’re allowed to treat workers have been put in place by the EU? Is it because the EU has insisted on environmental legislation which hampers the freedom-to-pollute of corporations and governments? Is it because the EU has established an international criminal court where all those people to whom we sell weapons might be called to account? Is it because the EU has tried to come up with some sort of humane response to immigration other than barbed wire and Trumpian walls?”

“The only good outcome of this referendum is that it might remind us what the original mission of the EU was, and might motivate us to actually make it happen”, he concluded. “So, please vote. And please ask your friends to do the same”.