Howyoudoin wrote:I voted Brexit and I've changed my mind.
I want us to stay in the EU.
Which party do I vote for, in order for this to happen?
Getting back to your original question, and ignoring much of the resulting polemic, I think that a vote for the Liberals or the Change UK party should be a clear statement of your desire. In my opinion, it doesn't matter which you choose - since its only the total number of votes to Remain parties that will make the major parties in parliament (Conservative and Labour) think again about attempting Brexit without at least a confirmatory vote. I.E. I don't think it really matters how many MEPs of a particular party are elected - its all about providing a scare to each of the major parties as to what may happen to them in a future general election. I chose Change UK for reasons I have already stated.
I do hope you take the trouble to travel the 50 miles to vote - whatever your voting preference may be. I'll finish with a quote, the source of which many of you will know:-Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
No so sure- whilst all votes for the Remain parties will scare Lab/Con they will also, post match, examine the goat entrails and look at who is getting damaged by what, both themselves and the other main party. If the numbers flows such that in a GE, if the same sort of percentage vote splits were cast etc and using the statisticians black arts, they would still sneak in under FPTP (Remain split/ Brexit Party damage) they may well fear Lib Dems/Change less than if in some areas a single Remain party would beat both Lab/Con in a FPTP contest
Appreciate EU elections are not a GE, turnout is likely very different, who actually bothers to vote etc different, but there is a far better chance of scaring Lab/Con with the Remain vote as a cohesive whole than as a spread vote, because frankly, imho, all the EU elections are is the electorate getting a chance to scare Lab/Con and eliciting behaviour change through the fear hopefully engendered.
But I think we all also have to appreciate that the large parties are not naive enough to believe that things would actually be as bad at a GE, they know the EU /Locals midterm are likely worse than a GE so the more concentrated the scares the better. (Though who knows, politics these days is very hard to predict, maybe for Lab/Con instead of "Things can only get better" things can only get worse and the EU elections will be seen as a peak-stranger things have happened)