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PiaMia Mon 03-Aug-15 17:03:33

I am a eurosceptic, I was called racist by a pro-Eu left winger (on twitter) for saying i think the U.K could trade with the world more instead of the eu. I also said leaving the E.U would mean a complete and equal immigration points based system for the whole world. I also used Greece as an example of the Eu being for big business and anti democratic.

1. Im sick of the whole eurosceptic movement being smeared because of the idiots in Ukip.

2. I dont understand how any of what I said was racist.

So what does mumsnet jury think, Aibu.

PiaMia Mon 03-Aug-15 17:04:25

BTW I namechanged for this, I dont want to get a bad image/reputation.

PiaMia Mon 03-Aug-15 17:06:42

Also im not right wing im left wing.

PiaMia Mon 03-Aug-15 17:10:45

Anyone

Trapper Mon 03-Aug-15 17:11:39

Can you post your exact wording? Or link to the tweet? It may help us help you. Wanting to leave a political union is not racist, but you seem to know that already.

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 03-Aug-15 17:11:49

Nope. Not racist.

And I agree with you on the EU. It was meant to be a Common Market. Now it is trying to be a Mega State.

DadfromUncle Mon 03-Aug-15 17:12:32

Yanbu it is not racist to wish to leave the EU. It was Labour Policy in the 80s because people like Tony Benn felt it was undemocratic - imagine?

Mrs Thatcher got elected and singed the Treaty Of Rome which paved the way for most of the European integration we have now.

OTheHugeManatee Mon 03-Aug-15 17:12:37

YANBU. I'm sick of being smeared as a Little Englander racist type for being critical of the EU.

OrangeVase Mon 03-Aug-15 17:15:52

Of course it isn't racist. Unfortunately so many people have no idea what racism actually is. They throw the term around as the ultimate insult, (thinking it shows how right-on liberal they are themselves!).

Not all of UKIP is racist either.
And not all right wingers are racist/bigotted/ bad.

And not all left wingers are open-minded liberal thinkers who couldn't possibly be racist.

So to some extent, with your defence, and your keenness to distance yourself from others you are falling into the same trap as your accusers.

But no - it isn't racist to think that the EU is probably not the best place for the UK at the moment

AugustHasToBeBetter Mon 03-Aug-15 17:16:01

Fwiw I think it's become the insult of our days and is rapidly losing power through it's meaning being widened.

Parochial might fit the bill better but I wouldn't personally describe your position so.

I'm undecided on the EU in its present form but in general aim for cooperation in larger units and merging together long term.confused

PiaMia Mon 03-Aug-15 17:16:01

It seems that if you are winning a argument, you get called [insert name].

DadfromUncle Mon 03-Aug-15 17:17:55

Apologies, not Treaty of Rome - Single European Act 1986

MrsGentlyBenevolent Mon 03-Aug-15 17:17:58

No it's not always a racist view. There are many wrong reasons people want to leave the EU.... Oh look at that, can of worms, all over the darn place......

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MizK Mon 03-Aug-15 17:18:57

Not racist. I'm in favour of staying with Europe as it happens but can't see how your position is in any way racist.

I agree that UKIP are mainly to blame. Their desire to leave Europe goes alongside the racism of many of their members and supporters so it follows that some might associate the two. It's a lazy assumption but there it is.

I don't trust people whose views all entirely tie in with one political group anyway, so you sound pretty rational (and non prejudiced) to me!

cardibach Mon 03-Aug-15 17:22:41

Not racist on the face of it - depends what you actually said.
Pretty short sighted though, and probably over estimating Britains importance/ability to find new markets.

ghostyslovesheep Mon 03-Aug-15 17:25:06

what Cardibach said

I want to leave the EU is obviously not a racist statement

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 03-Aug-15 17:28:38

Oh - does not being in the EU mean we won't be able to do any trade with EU members?

TravellingToad Mon 03-Aug-15 17:31:47

Not racist at all. It irritates me that when the scots were wanting independence from the UK they were all "proud scots" and people could see they had a point and a good argument for a smaller government and more local ruling.

But now some of us want to leave the EU we certainly aren't called "proud Brits" and commended for our brave desire to go it alone and bring the ruling power back to within the UK.

And then people shout racist?!?

It's just people bitter that they're losing the debate.

pointythings Mon 03-Aug-15 17:40:22

Not racist at all. Economically illiterate - quite possibly, I don't see how a solo country can compete against international trading blocs, but not racist.

I'll really resent having to pay £1k+ for naturalising (EU immigrant here) but I'll do it if the referendum pans out that way.

bear of course the UK will still be able to trade with the EU. However, they will not be able to do so on current (favourable) terms - it is likely that there will be trade tariffs to pay, and transit of people and goods will be more complex.

That said, I do think the EU has gone too far - the Euro was a huge economic gaffe and as for the whole moving the Parliament to Strasbourg every year just to keep the French happy - words fail.

PiaMia Mon 03-Aug-15 17:51:23

Pointy, Trading block i dont have a problem with. European megastate is what i dislike about the Eu.

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 03-Aug-15 17:58:21

I know. I was being, erm, sarcastic?

TheSnufflet Mon 03-Aug-15 18:04:12

YANBU. Or racist. I personally think it's probably a better idea to be in the EU, but it sounds as if you were met with a fairly kneejerk reaction. And yes, a lot of legitimate concerns about the EU have been tarred with a UKIP brush of stupidity :/

Capricorn76 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:16:40

I want to stay in the EU as I think overall it's a good thing but I want to end free movement of labour. I used to support FMoL, however, I fear we are letting in many Eastern European Neo Nazi's.

The system should be refugees and required skilled migrants only. I do not see this as racist.

Doobigetta Mon 03-Aug-15 18:19:16

Not racist. I do think that a lot of the anti-EU arguments rely on an outdated and unrealistic assessment of the UK's position in the world as a sole trader, though. I wouldn't dream of suggesting that all eurosceptics are racist, but I bet a significant portion of racists are eurosceptic.

pointythings Mon 03-Aug-15 18:49:25

Sorry, bear. blush

The problem I have with 'European Megastate' is that it's part of the anti-european rhetoric to an extent that it has now become a meaningless soundbite. Which bits are Megastate stuff? Most of the Daily Mail stuff about the curvature of bananas and so on is myth, but people believe it. Then there's the fact that the EU has done a lot for the rights of workers - I do not trust this government not to chip away at those things should the UK leave.

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