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Craziest reasons for wanting brexit

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SistemaAddict Fri 09-Aug-19 09:48:09

I've just been reading some of the comments attached to a bbc news article on brexit and found this gem:

"Remember the good old days when the postman would deliver your post in the morning and not the early afternoon?*
#Brexit #Iwanttogoback"

I remember those days well. In 1991 I had a long distance "boyfriend" and if I was really lucky I'd get his letter in the morning post before I got the bus to school at 7.20am. If it wasn't in the first post then it would come in the second post around 10.30am.
My post has just arrived this morning but my mum lives a mile up the road and hers tends to arrive in the afternoon.

Some people will blame the EU for anything!

What's the craziest reason for brexit you've heard or read?

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Notonthestairs Fri 09-Aug-19 09:54:19

Lightbulbs, plugs and hoover suction.

Mistigri Fri 09-Aug-19 10:03:00

My ILs told me that on the day after the referendum they heard someone in their local Tesco (in a small north midlands town) celebrating on the grounds that "now all the potholes will get filled in".

I think what this mainly tells you is that people voted leave for a very very wide range of reasons, some of which had no obvious connection with the EU.

Frlrlrubert Fri 09-Aug-19 10:06:29

'If the housing market crashes I'll be able to afford a house'.

Totally oblivious to the fact that the industry they work in would mean their job would probably not exist after brexit.

SistemaAddict Fri 09-Aug-19 12:59:57

Hoover suction??

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TheCountessofFitzdotterel Fri 09-Aug-19 13:03:55

EU rules to save energy have limited how powerful you are allowed to make hoovers.
I am amazed people are still fussing about light bulbs, I thought the progress made with LED bulbs meant this was no longer a problem.

flashingbeacon Fri 09-Aug-19 13:07:20

My dm had (has maybe) an illegal lightbulb dealer. He stockpiled older lightbulbs in 60W +. I must ask if he’s pro Brexit, he’ll loose his business but maybe that’s worth it for 100W bulbs.

TheLightSideOfTheMoon Fri 09-Aug-19 13:08:31

My parents voted leave because fishermen were being forced to change the labels on their products to comply with whatever the EU regulations are and it just isn't fair that they should have to alter their packaging.

Tengel Fri 09-Aug-19 13:09:09

We want our democracy back.

SingingBabooshkaBadly Fri 09-Aug-19 13:31:42

‘I wanted change. I don’t care what that change is as long as it’s change confused

‘To be proud to be British - like the French are proud to be French’ confused confused

‘Because the Russian mafia controls our town’ confused confused confused

ContinuityError Fri 09-Aug-19 14:25:16

EU rules to save energy have limited how powerful you are allowed to make hoovers.

Because people think more wattage = more suction. Doh.

My DM’s reasons (apart from 40 years of Torygraph propaganda resulting in in “I don’t like the EU”) are so she can buy bananas from the Canary Islands and potatoes with soil on them in the shops confused

timshelthechoice Fri 09-Aug-19 14:30:07

'Pulling together' and 'Blitz spirit'.

Scarlett555 Fri 09-Aug-19 14:33:57

Because the person didn't like the Japanese family living on her street and somehow thought Brexit would solve this for her.

EssentialHummus Fri 09-Aug-19 14:36:12

Too many Indians and Nigerians taking over the town confused.

Quellium Fri 09-Aug-19 14:36:45

Lightbulbs, plugs and hoover suction.

This is why my Mum voted Leave. She panic bought a hoover once because the new regulations were coming in. hmm

Yes, she does exclusively read the Daily Mail.

SquishySquirmy Fri 09-Aug-19 14:41:20

I have a relative who cited smart motorways as one of the reasons for "getting away from the French as fast as possible".
Fuck knows why, I was unable to follow her argument.

SquishySquirmy Fri 09-Aug-19 14:50:35

I have another relative who has always been "concerned" over the level of immigration from outside the EU (particularly Pakistan, India etc).
Used to mutter that "Enoch Powell was right" at news stories with the most tenuous link to immigration.
She voted leave for a variety of reasons.

A few months ago she did a U-turn and now claims at one of the positives of Brexit is that "we can let more people from outside the EU in, especially from the Commonwealth, it's not fair they were excluded in favour of EU Freedom of movement."
Claims she has always thought this way, and that it "proves" that remainers are the real racists. complete rewriting of history, and very frustrating to hear, but I console myself with the fact that she has mellowed greatly over the years and at least has the capacity to change her mind.

Jason118 Fri 09-Aug-19 15:00:00

"It'll make a nice change" from someone at work. Lots of thought went into that one

MrPan Fri 09-Aug-19 15:00:30

" It respects the result of the referendum."

Helmetbymidnight Fri 09-Aug-19 15:02:50


<i live in the brexit heartlands- the thames estuary. i heard this a lot.

Helmetbymidnight Fri 09-Aug-19 15:04:09

also - the womens pension issue in the uk - the eu did nothing about it apparently. (this was on fb. she then blocked me.)

NCBabyBoy Fri 09-Aug-19 15:10:57

Getting our navy blue passports back. Metaphorically wet myself on hearing they'd be produced in France. I imagine the rage this will induce among leavers is inversely correlated with the likelihood of them ever setting foot outside their living room the UK and thus their need for a passport in the first place.

EasyLifer Fri 09-Aug-19 15:15:45

My workmates are mostly leavers. According to discussions at the time of the referendum they were going to vote leave as they want a points style immigration system.
However some were voting leave as they don't 'feel European' and think that Europe is a far away place that shouldn't have any influence over England/Britain.

MrPan Fri 09-Aug-19 15:28:57

Those people who say "muslims" ( I presume they mean Asian people) are in for a really big surprise.

FantailsFly Fri 09-Aug-19 15:29:09

UK lorries being ‘allowed’ larger kerbside windows so cyclists are more visible. (Never mind that this was - I think - an EU regulation that the UK decided not to enact.)

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