UK Dads Back the ‘Remain’ Camp in the EU Referendum. Just.

In light of the upcoming referendum, that’s dominating the media at the moment, The Dad Network has been surveying all the dads in the network to find out which way the UK’s dads are planning to sway.

Here’s the headlines:

  • 49% of dads in the UK want to remain in the EU.
  • 46% of dads in the UK want to leave the EU.
  • No.1 reason for remaining in the EU is ‘national security’.
  • No.1 reason for leaving the EU is to ‘regain control’ from Brussels.


The results show a fascinatingly even split between the two camps, with those pledging to vote ‘Remain’ at 49% and those backing the ‘Leave’ campaign at 46%. Five percent of you dads were still undecided. Maybe after the recent TV coverage of the party leaders shedding their light on the matter, you’ve made your mind up.

When asked the reason behind their voting preference, it was clear that many dads were thinking of their children’s futures when making their decision.

The primary reason for remaining in the EU was listed as ‘national security’, closely followed by having economic stability and free flow of immigration being integral to workforce. Amongst these main reasons, comments were also made on having protected workers’ rights and not being able to trust the current government post Brexit.

As for the reason behind voting to leave the EU, ‘regaining control of the UK’ was most popular, followed by securing our borders and over-spending in Brussels. Other reasons for the pro ‘Brexit’ campaign were concerned with the protecting the housing market & to give smaller businesses a better chance for trade.

The referendum has already sparked some lively debate on The Dad Network’s Facebook page, with dads clearly divided on this hugely significant moment in British history.

Here’s what a few of you dads and to say on the matter:

“I plan to vote Remain because I don’t trust a post-Brexit government to make sure my way of life is secure. But I’m only just over the line.” Alex Courtney-Tickle, Exeter

“When I think of my newborn son’s future I can’t help but think that the EU Referendum should not have been given to the public, we are not politicians, we are not economists. The decisions made will be primarily based on scare tactics and propaganda from both sides; these decisions will shape the futures of our children. I’d rather not have that on my shoulders, so come 23rd June I’ll be abstaining on behalf of my son.” Daniel Grosvenor, Isle of Wight

“As a dad, I want my children to receive a quality education, have successful careers and be homeowners. The only way I can guarantee a secure future for my children is to vote leave on June 23rd Ethan Wilkinson, Cardiff

In my mind, from this poll, it’s apparent that this referendum is going to go down to the wire. Through discussions within The Dad Network, it’s apparent that UK dads are divided, yet both ‘parties’ have the same concern in mind; wanting a safe and secure future for their children. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the next 20 years pan out to know whether, whatever happens on 23rd June, is the right or wrong decision.


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