Let's remember it is the prospect of a better life or simply falling in love with this country, its people and all that it stands for which has brought immigrants like my parents to Britain for centuries. That is why many of us are here today.
The Remain camp have avoided the immigration argument like the plague because they're scared to attack the government, so the debate consequently hasn't been framed in the right way. My message to working class voters worried about immigration is this: know your enemy. These people don't want what's best for you. They never have and they never will.
The topic of immigration has dominated this referendum campaign. Yet real progressive debate over the issue has been diminished due to the popularisation of people's fears of immigration incited by right wing media outlets and euro sceptic parties such as UKIP.
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Every country has its own intolerant minority; in the UK this minority is just a little larger - and large enough, apparently, to separate us from the rest of the continent. The proportion is crucial - if one in twenty people say they wouldn't want an immigrant for a neighbour it is a patently extreme view. If one in five people say it, it becomes part of a much more mainstream political discourse.
Above all, when we think of the history of Europe before the EU and the present-day context whereby global stability is precarious to say the least, we have to remind ourselves when we vote on the 23rd June that the prosperity of our international relationships is as important as the prosperity of our national wallet - that there are some things worth paying for, like peace.
Facts matter in this referendum. Yet politics has always been about feelings and emotion as much as statistics and experience. Why else, for instance, would anti-immigrant sentiment often be highest in those areas with the lowest number of migrants and fly in the face of most, if not all, of the expert studies that have looked at the economic impact of immigration?
More important than all of this is the type of UK we want to live in. The free movement of people within the EU represents something great about the EU, for me it represents freedom; it represents choice; it represents tolerance and mutual respect; it represents opportunity and trust. Those are great things. Things we shouldn't turn our back on. Things that I want my children to enjoy.
Many Brexiteers would welcome the scenario I've laid out above, it's precisely what they want. But for those sitting on the fence, or not planning to vote, I urge you to think of neighbours, friends and colleagues whose future will be put at risk by leaving. Putting all other arguments aside, I think that for the sake of these people we have a moral obligation to vote to remain.
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Global elites have always had free movement and this is likely to remain unchanged by any new migration rules. However, in contrast to this, the message from government seems to be that those on low incomes, who are in transnational relationships, including British citizens, are living beyond their means.
No, my main point is this: Britain's moderate, mainstream, politicians need to change their ways to become leaders and not supine sheep. What they are reaping now is the harvest of years of cowardice and complacency, during which they failed to have the courage to stand up to base instincts, ugly media headlines and present another view of immigration.
Although I have my problems with how this referendum has been ran and the complete dishonesty of the Remain campaign, I still believe we will win this referendum. I believe the facts are on our side, I believe the public are on our side and most importantly, the polls are now slowly edging towards our side.
Immigration, immigration, immigration. That's what we hear; that's one of the main battlegrounds of the upcoming EU referendum. It's everywhere: "They're stealing our jobs! They're pilfering our benefits! They're destroying our national identity." Damn those immigrants. Nothing but trouble.
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