To date my blog has been dominated by pro-Bremain content – but of course this is only part of the story – there are Britons in Austria (and elsewhere in Europe) who favour a Brexit. Aside from vociferous forum/facebook trolls (trolling in general, not in particular in relation to the Brexit debate), in the interests of trying to understand how people’s opinions differ – or how personal circumstances shape their position, as well as to get away from merely expressing and “broadcasting” my opinion, I will be posting the views of some Britons in Austria, who identify themselves as favouring a Brexit.
One of the difficult points will be to resist any temptation to argue about any invalidity of their argument, given my declared perspective, as well as ensuring that the wording of questions to them is formulated in such a way to avoiding coming across as being either loaded, partial, or even patronising.
I am interested to find out from them:
- Whether they are eligible to vote in the referendum as well as to what extent they also vote in local and European elections in Austria/or in the UK – as well as possibly with which Austrian political party they would most readily identify with.
- Their background in relation to their life in Austria (e.g. at what point of their life they moved here and for what reason, as well as when (i.e. in which year) and continuing relationship to the United Kingdom (how long they have been in Austria, where they consider as home “home”, how frequently they visit the UK – either for work or privately), as well as how they see their future, and where they consider to be the centre of their vital interests.
- How integrated do they consider themselves to be in terms of living and working in Austria, in terms of their language skills, cultural immersion or other factors that could be considered as a measure of integration.
- How do they think a Brexit might affect their continued living in an EU Member State – both in the short-term and the long-term.
- What would the consequences of a No (i.e. “Brexit”) vote be and what would a “No” vote’s impact be a) for the UK and b) for the EU as a whole.
- What would the consequences of a Yes (i.e. “Bremain”) vote be and what would a “Yes” vote’s impact be a) for the UK and b) for the EU as a whole.