AFTER the revelation at a recent Brexit committee meeting from Cllr John McCluskey that he had voted for to leave the EU, the Herald got in touch with the Roslea councillor to find out why and if he would vote the same way again.
Cllr McCluskey’s answer was a resounding ‘no.’ Explaining that he voted for Brexit as “a protest vote”, and outlining what he said were “many negatives” about the EU, Cllr McCluskey said “nobody could have foreseen where we are now.”
The councillor, who was criticised by Sinn Fein’s Sheamus Greene this week over his referendum vote, said: “There are arguments for and against Brexit. I would have a different view now.”
“Realistically, economically and the way our industries are tied up here, to pull out of Europe completely would be devastating, everything would collapse overnight. It would be like a nuclear winter.”
Cllr McCluskey added: “It was more of a protest vote. Nobody believed it would go through. Nigel Farage didn’t even believe it. Hours before hand he was on TV admitting they had lost the vote.”
Stating he would certainly vote remain if there was another referendum, Cllr McCluskey called for the EU to be reformed.
“There are a lot of things against Europe,” he said. “The bureaucracy, it’s undemocratic, and each year there are new rules and regulations. But, given all the negatives and there are many, we literally could not vote for Brexit now. It’s just a dark wilderness.”
Posted: 9:19 am October 11, 2019