Britain, To Leave or To Remain?

In this photogallery, the photographer Ignacio Sánchez Martín illustrates for Cosmopolita Scotland some of the various claims made during the EU referendum campaign. 

Ignacio Sánchez Martín, Tanausú Vilches and Laura Medina


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People walking near Waverley station, Edinburgh (photographs by Ignacio Sánchez Martín).

Which facts to believe?

Vote Leave’s leaflet purports to offer “The Facts”, yet leads with the claim that EU membership costs the UK £350 million a week – repeatedly exposed by independent authorities as a blatant falsehood. 

The Remain leaflet begins by saying that “over three million UK jobs are linked to our exports to the EU”. Though this is in line with independent analyses, not all these jobs would go in the event of Brexit. 

(The Telegraph, 14 June 2016)

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Working class prospects

We can achieve greater social justice across Europe by working with trade unions & socialist parties across Europe” Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Party Leader)

So let us have a common market and the free movement of peoples, but let’s repatriate the making of laws to national parliaments. Co-operation is great, friendship is great, but let’s hold on to democracy with both hands. No taxation (Tim Martin, Wetherspoon Boss)

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Control on borders

Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it of Irish Catholics across the constituency or of Muslims from Gujarat in India or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir. While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.” (Labour MP Jo Cox)

“We are motivated by a deep sense of patriotism and the unflinching belief that the UK will be safer, stronger and more independent outside the EU. We will be able to control our own borders, build our prosperity by trading freely with the whole world and restore our historic right to self government. (Tory MP Peter Bone)


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Wealth and big businesses

“A bunch of people who have never had a proper job in their lives telling us trade would be affected [if we leave the EU]. Well I tell you what, we’ll go on buying and selling cars, I intend on going on drinking French wine regardless of whether we are part of the European Union or not.” – (Nigel Farage – UKIP Party)

“I’m working class. I come from Brixton. I lived there at a time of mass immigration. My family lived in two rooms in a multi-occupied and, from time to time, multi-racial house. So I’m not part of any elite. And of course there are people across Europe who are elite. But there are millions, 500m people, who are in the EU who are strong supporters of it. This is part of the nonsense that people are being fed, that Europe is only for the elite … Europe is not for the elite; it’s for you. It’s for your generation.” (Sir John Mayor – British Conservative Party).

All photographs by Ignacio Sánchez Martín, find out more about his work here.

Autor: Jordi Albacete

I am an environmental journalist. My passion for the protection of human and environmental rights has been inspired by research led journalism. My ambition is to communicate and inspire people to make positive changes in the environment. Twitter @albacetejordi or Linkedin.

Periodista medioambiental. Mi pasión por la protección de los derechos humanos y medioambientales se ha forjado a través de la investigación periodística. Mi objetivo es comunicar e inspirar a la gente para hacer cambios positivos y proteger el medioambiente. Twitter @albacetejordi o Linkedin.

Un comentario en “Britain, To Leave or To Remain?”

  1. Felicidades por el reportaje,estoy a favor de que no salgan de la union.Enhorabuena tambien al fotografo,ha sabido captar a la perfecion con las fotos toda la opunion del teportaje.Ojala sigan haciendo reportajes asi

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