Brian Eno Against a Brexit


Brian Eno released a statement on Facebook this weekend urging British citizens to vote against a Brexit from the EU.

Eno urged British citizens, who he referred to as “complacent on the issue, like me,” to consider the importance of the EU’s influence on the global stage, citing its significant work in promoting workers’ rights, gun control, environmental issues, and more:

What the ‘Leaves’ have on their side is their unquenchable enthusiasm for a ‘Great’ Britain that they think we can revive – and several powerful media outlets to propagandise the idea. The Leavers know they can count on their demographic – primarily older people – to get out and vote, whereas the ‘Remain’ demographic is less reliable (and more complacent). And the Leavers have LOTS of money: seems like a lot of very wealthy people are anxious to get out of the EU.

I wonder why? Is it because many of the constraints on how badly you’re allowed to treat workers have been put in place by the EU? Is it because the EU has insisted on environmental legislation which hampers the freedom-to-pollute of corporations and governments? Is it because the EU has established an international criminal court where all those people to whom we sell weapons might be called to account? Is it because the EU has tried to come up with some sort of humane response to immigration other than barbed wire and Trumpian walls?

Read the full statement here.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →