Well, That Should Settle It!

If the likes of Miqdaad Versi is for Remain, I’m for Brexit!

Among British Muslims, I hear a range of views on the European referendum: many seem to be apathetic, some want Britain to remain in the EU and a small number, such as the newly formed “Muslims for Britain”, support Brexit. Such a range of views seems comparable to the wider public.

However, as we face one of the most significant political decisions of our lifetime, I cannot sit idly by and watch friends voting with organisations such as Ukip and Britain First on this issue.

Well, I hate to break it to you, Miqdaad ol’ son, but in this country, that’s all you can do. Their vote is their business.

The rise of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and the divisive language of Zac Goldsmith’s mayoral campaign in London make it hard for many communities not to worry for the future. The UK doesn’t have a written constitution that protects our inalienable and universal human rights. All it takes is a simple majority in a sovereign parliament outside the EU to withdraw from the European court of human rights and create laws that erode the protections that minority communities currently enjoy.

Ah, yes. The usual scaremongering that Brexit will instantly cause fire, flood, cats and dogs living together… But with an extra Muslim twist!

Finally, and perhaps most crucially, our place in the world is at stake in this referendum. As with the UN and Nato, the EU allows Britain to amplify its voice into a more powerful decision-making sphere. In the past year we have influenced decisions on how to deal with the eurozone crisis, how to best support refugees streaming into Europe and how to ensure a more secure Europe through, for example, the European arrest warrant. For many Muslims, the ability to change foreign policy for the better is a core concern.

I’ve seen enough on how Muslims attempt to ‘change foreign policy for the better’ to last me several lifetimes.

That is not to say the EU is perfect. There remains serious challenges to be addressed. For example, there are concerns that migration from the EU acts as a barrier preventing talented Muslims outside the EU from coming to work – although many would argue an artificial net migration cap is the real barrier, not the EU. The question of Turkey’s admission is of obvious concern to Muslim voters…

And the Western voters. But for vastly different reasons.

6 comments for “Well, That Should Settle It!

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

    “I cannot sit idly by and watch friends voting with organisations such as Ukip and Britain First on this issue.”

    Meaning, “you will vote how I tell you to”.

    Alack, they just can’t get away from that sort of mentality, core to that baleful creed which demands unthinking loyalty whatever the excuse ie stoning to death, beheading, chucking people off buildings – a purblind, total obeisance. Through which, their backwards ways imported from primitive hell holes and where patriarchal, tribal chieftains, Theocratic nutters told them what to do and how to vote ref; Tower Hamlets Mirpur, Kashmir, Gujarat, Karachi, Quetta, most places along the Brahmaputra.

    “there are concerns that migration from the EU acts as a barrier preventing talented Muslims outside the EU from coming to work”

    “talented” must be a Graun’ euphemism meaning; ‘bigoted, hate filled zealots and preachers of the tenets of the cult of death’ or, ‘cheap labour for the Paki/Bangla robber barons employing slave workers in the likes of Indian restaurants etc’

    Yeah right, we can’t have too many of those – of course.

    a sovereign parliament outside the EU to withdraw from the European court of human rights and create laws that erode the protections that minority communities currently enjoy.

    Perchance to dream!

    That would be the glory, like arriving in the promised land once more, where, righteous, definitive and equitable law – would be enabled and returned unto Britain and to ‘we the people’.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Agreed. Doesn’t seem to matter how ‘westernised’ they are, they still cleave to tribal politics.

  2. mona
    April 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I and most people I know are voting out, as for a theocratic influence on the way some may vote, so be it, as long as one bears in mind God has to be an ET and could be dealing with affairs in some far off Galaxy and may not be concerned about such grave matters as Brexit or even what the Gaucho in the Vatican has to say.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:39 am

      I’m voting out. Even before I saw the panic about it!

  3. Radical Rodent
    April 8, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    As those following the Islam religion comprise less than 10% of the population, why should their voice be heard over those of the majority? What is it about democracy that is not being understood?

    • Ted Treen
      April 8, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Democracy is fully understood: that is why the élite fear it, and permit nothing more than a shallow illusion of democracy, backed up by bread (benefits) and circuses (TV, Football etc.)

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