Born in Manchester 2 up 2 down early years in house demolished by council moved further out in another working class part of the city, lived on the streets for short time in the 80`s before living in a hostel getting a flat job and finally a home
I do not claim to be an expert and my English is not the best but i have decided to put my views for anyone interested in the time line that led up to me voting leave in the 2016 EU ref something that i later come to bitterly regret
Life was going along just fine my views on the EU were very positive
I travelled each year to Europe on holiday to different countries enjoyed the culture
I don`t remember having any conversations with fellow workers colleges about the EU it was never came up
I had been working for the same company that I still work for today
So overall steady life no issue with EU
Remember the company I worked for suddenly put a sharp restriction on spending until things calmed down, I was very lucky at this point I worked in a recession proof industry so was protected from the risk of losing my job or home others were not so lucky.
Had the feeling the long run of Labour was coming to an end this did give me some concern but was glad to see the great British public had not given the Torys a land slide to do what they wanted.
Memories must live long and deep
Again no ill feeling towards EU This period is put together it was the first time in years started to feel something was wrong in the country I am sure I was not alone we had gone though the financial crash and the average Joe Bloggs suffered most.
“We are all in it together” it meant massive cuts to public services and a huge squeeze on benefits
This effected the poorest `1st
Young people could no longer get council flats
Started talking to a lot more people on zero hours contracts a proper poverty trap device
I remember getting ill which was rare rang up see GP told it be over a week, could not believe it
”Its like that all the time now” i was told
This was followed by agency workers used with even less rights than we.
Most were EU workers and this happened not just where I worked but in other factories as well