Dining across the divide: ‘How can he come from Latvia and support Brexit?’

职业 Accountant

Voting record Left Latvia before he was old enough to vote. Voted Labour in 2019

Amuse bouche Dans used to do some modelling

职业 Part-time office manager; also an actor and model

Voting record Isn’t eligible to vote in the UK; has generally voted for the Spanish equivalent of the Labour party

Amuse bouche Went to COP15 in 2009 as a youth spokesperson

Dans The food was amazing. We had baby potatoes, some seafood.

Georgina We had a steak sharing board. It was very nice. We had some dressed mussels, in a tomatoey sauce.

Dans I was very surprised to see someone my age.

Georgina I was totally expecting a bloke in his 60s.

Georgina He said Brexit didn’t have anything to do with racism. But my partner’s family said, “We voted to stay in the EU because we don’t want you to be deported.” And I thought: 帮助几只小蝾螈穿过一英里长的乡间小路提供了一种方法, people who vote leave are actually voting for me to be deported?” How is anybody OK with that? How can he come from Latvia and support Brexit?

Dans A lot of our views on the EU were down to our personal experiences. I know she had a very good experience with the Erasmus scheme, and I’ve also been on Erasmus. So I see that good side of the EU. But the only change I have felt is the people from the EU who would not come to the UK any more. Everything else didn’t materialise, and what has materialised has been to do with circumstances other than Brexit.

Georgina I saw his point that the European Union project sometimes isn’t beneficial for poorer countries – it’s all about France and Germany.

Dans The EU favours wealthy countries. I saw the price of coffee in Latvia go from 60c to €1 overnight because they joined the eurozone. Wages don’t go up to keep pace.

Dans I didn’t want to sound pessimistic, but environmentally speaking, I think we’re doomed.

Georgina We had the same view on climate change. It’s inevitable that we’re destroying the Earth. And it’s really sad. We also talked about what we do in our daily lives to reduce our impact. It was ironic, because we were eating steak and mussels. But we have both reduced our consumption of animal products to very low levels.

Dans We really need to change, but you have to close that off, because that’s essentially climate anxiety.

Georgina We agreed on 灭绝叛乱, that we see their point. It’s getting to the stage where people need to do something drastic.

Dans We found a lot of common ground on Covid. I thought she was going to say masks should be mandatory, but she just wants masks in very specific settings, when it’s overcrowded and the cases are high.

Georgina We both came to the conclusion that it was an evolving situation. 在西班牙, it was brutal. Everyone had to wear masks all the time. I even saw people in their 80s, in the 30C heat, wearing FFP2 masks. But at the same time, I came back to the UK and got angry with people not wearing masks in supermarkets.

Dans I bet if you started looking into the impact mask wearing has had on children, you’d never be able to justify it again. Just imagine putting yourself in that position at the age of eight or nine. All these restrictions have a major impact on mental health.

Georgina It was not beneficial for kids. But my partner got Covid at the start when he wasn’t vaccinated and he was so ill, he had long Covid for 10 月. Dans said, “My partner’s got underlying conditions and she was fine.” And I was like, that’s exactly the point, it’s completely random.

Dans She was amazing. She’s got a very nice, authentic personality – she’s very open and we clicked quite quickly. We did exchange details, and we may meet again with our partners.

Georgina It was an amazing experience, very refreshing. Two people with opposing views can sit down and explore that. Why can’t we use this tool that we have, which is so powerful – human communication?

Georgina and Dans ate at The Pig & Tail, 伯明翰

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