I have agonised over this issue, and waited till the last instance to decide on the Bombs and Dollars endorsement.
I have also written extensively, on Obama’s Brexit intervention, on Nationalism and the Euro 2016 riots, and most recently on why EU in its current form is an abomination of what was intended and is indefensible.
Raging debates are online, and I have nothing to add than what have already been said. Major publications like Spectator, Telegraph, and Times are for Brexit; FT, Economist and predictably Guardian are for Remain. The British isles have never been split before, both emotionally and intellectually like this since I started covering politics.
The EU is a vile organisation, and I loathe a superstate, which throws its weight around, has blatant disregard for nation and borders and national interests, and is a Byzantine unelected technocracy, and I despise it as a Realist, a democrat and as a free market proponent. But the question that plagued me for so long is what after? I will be stable in my position, as an educated urban metropolitan elite. But do I want to live in a country ruled by the likes of Nigel Farage and Jayda Fransen? Where “expert” is a reviled word? Do I want break up of a union which has guaranteed the longest peace of our times?
The answer is No.
Perhaps I am wrong. As Churchill said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning,” this struggle against EU will increase more and more, as EU tries to trample sovereign rights, or try to create an EU army, or force its economic policies on smaller states, and dubs nationalism and patriotism as archaic sentiments. Unchecked uncontrolled economic migration from Africa and Asia will destroy Europe, unless something is done urgently within a couple of years, at most. Maybe some other country might leave first, maybe Britain will vote leave, maybe EU will just implode.
All I know is, I will have a clean conscience.
(For another Realist case against Brexit, read here)