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Thread #160853   Message #3817411
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
31-Oct-16 - 12:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: Nationalism - a good or bad thing?
Subject: RE: BS: Nationalism - a good or bad thing?
People voted for Brexit for all kinds of reasons. If we'd had an option to vote for a Norway type deal in which free movement was guaranteed, but a greater measure of independence was available, I'd have been tempted to go for it, to make sure the railways and other bits of the economy could be brought back into public ownership without running into problems with the EU.

Of course the referendum made no reference to a clampdown on free movement, and it would be perfectly consistent with the result of the vote to retain it, and I'd love to see a settlement in which this right was preserved. Actually I'm pretty certain that if we'd had a referendum giving us the three choices, on an alternative vote system, that is, the choice of staying in the EU, of getting out and ending free movement, or of getting out while maintaining it, the third option would have ended up getting the majority.
I'd class myself as a universal patriot.