In the third part of our Brexit in Copenhagen series we chat with Stu, who voted to Leave the EU. Finding a Leaver in Copenhagen was difficult, yet Stu was more than happy to give his point of view on subject.
Stu lives in Copenhagen with his Danish wife but has spent a number of years working as a driver throughout Europe. It was an interesting paradox to meet a man who has lived and worked throughout the continent but still voted to not be a part of it; even though he no longer calls Britain his permanent home.
We met him on Refshaleøen with his beloved Toyota Chaser – imported from Japan to the UK, and now being driven around Denmark.
How long have you lived in Denmark, and what was the reason you moved here?
I met my Danish wife (then girlfriend) in July 2015; but I worked extensively in Europe, finally settling here in 2016
Where are you originally from in the UK?
Born in the Royal County of Berkshire, lived in Hayes Middlesex, moved to Reading, Thatcham, Spalding
Growing up in the UK, what are your memories of Europe and the EU?
Not much really, except being forced to learn French (everyone knows how the British feel about the French). But I started driving to Europe, visiting every European country. Europeans’ view of us has always been “the rowdy people from the small island”… IMO
How did you feel about other European countries as a child, compared to as an adult?
As a child… as I said, we didn’t have much exposure to Europe. Even when I started travelling in Europe, they were all individual countries… and they still are!
How did you vote during the EU Referendum?
No doubt for me… I voted to leave; no hesitation!
Why do you think it went the way it did?
People are sick of the corruption and the EU hierarchy shit. It started with [the] size of vegetables and weights and measures in [the] UK. Even here in DK, they are forcing changes. Take a look at how we will accrue holiday pay soon. Right or wrong it should be Denmark’s choice, not [the] EU’s. In the UK, being an island, we have NEVER considered ourselves European, so having an unelected EU government tell us what and what not to do is too much.
How did your family and friends vote back home?
High majority are all Leave, across family and friends, those that want to remain are mostly younger, under 35
What should the UK do next – should a second referendum be held?
Why would we have a second referendum? We are neither Irish or Danish. The Irish had to have several votes on the EU and the Irish vote for their constitution. The Danes voted four separate times until the Government got the “correct” answer.
The UK should have left [the EU] as voted on the 29th March without any shitty deal that only serves those with their fingers in the big pie. NO DEAL
How has it affected you and your life?
At this moment, a bit of anger frustration at the pissing around by all those that have much to lose … namely those in power. “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Many Danes can’t grasp why the UK voted to leave the EU – how would you explain it to them?
Most Danes don’t see a world outside their island/s, but your statement “many” is very vague. Ten is many. Danes are very NON-confrontational; their attitude is different. They have an “oh well” or “that’s the way it is” [attitude].
We are an island, we will stand against what we see is a foreign government telling us what to do, we don’t want a corrupt EU big boys club. Look at France, Italy, Greece, Ireland, unrest, division… the great EU hoax is coming to light, where will it end? Total break up…IMO
Has Brexit affected your situation in Denmark?
It hasn’t … and it won’t, I don’t think. I am registered here, live here, work here, pay tax here, married to a Dane. I don’t think there will be any problems with travel etc
Has Brexit had any financial impact on your life?
Not really, my main work now is transport. International shortage of experienced drivers, and no chance of it changing in my lifetime
What will the UK look like in the future, once it leaves the EU?
Initially, I think it will dip, but the UK will be free to build, negotiate their own trade deals, hopefully, return to manufacturing, imports will be great without the EU taking their 20%
And with an added £39 Billion after a No Deal withdrawal it can only get better. Dad’s Army quote; “They don’t like it up ‘em”
Please include any more details, including any thoughts that you expressed during the photoshoot
The main thing that has come out of the whole Brexit is this: those with their fingers deepest in the corrupt pie are trying the hardest to derail, bully, coerce, cajole, beg, scare and downright lie their way to keep the gravy train going.
I’ll leave you with this quote from George Orwell’s 1984, I think it sums up the EU nicely, but remember 1984 was a warning … not a blueprint ..!!
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently.
We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognise their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.
We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
To read the other interviews in our Brexit in Copenhagen series go to http://copenhagenphotographers.com/category/brexit/