‘BREXIT is the biggest threat to human rights in the UK’ – that’s the view of a former Bromsgrove School student who experienced life inside the EU during an internship and returned to the town on Saturday to voice his concerns about the country’s leave vote.
Femi Oluwole has attracted almost 200,000 followers on Twitter whilst on his personal mission to give people a better understanding of the EU, how it operates and the benefits of being a member.
He said: “It was great to be back in Bromsgrove.
“The mood in town was very pro-Brexit but I had some good conversations with people and very interesting and civil discussions about the EU.”
His videos on YouTube have amassed thousands of hits, including ‘Brexit: The Unelected Brussels Elite?’ where he takes people step-by-step through the process on how laws are agreed by the EU.
He said many called the EU ‘undemocratic’ but challenged them to watch his videos for a better insight into the workings of the Union.
Tired of being ruled by the unelected Brussels elite?
Well here's what nobody ever tells you… pic.twitter.com/tRJctoMwOn
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) June 1, 2018
After being born in Darlington, Femi lived in Bromsgrove, attended the town’s NewSong Church and worked at Domino’s Pizza in the town before undertaking a law degree at Nottingham University.
When he graduated he worked for a company in Worcester which regularly traded with firms in France.
Human rights has always been his passion and he successfully applied to the EU for a 12-month internship in the Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency.
“I could have gone towards the route of being a hot-shot lawyer but I am not interested in money and did not want to do that.
“I think Brexit is the biggest threat to human rights in the UK and it is important people realise that.
“When I was ten months into my internship I could see Brexit was reaching fever pitch so decided to quit and work towards better explaining how the EU operated.
“I saw there were a lot of important points missing from the Brexit debate and they were points I could provide.”
He set up the organisation Our Future, Our Choice and since then has debated with a number of high profile Brexiteers and journalists, including Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees Mogg. He has appeared on national TV and radio and is set to become a regular on Sky News’ The Edge.
Another tactic Femi adopted was to buy a t-shirt from Primark and write on it – ‘EU questions? Just ask’.
He then stood in Birmingham’s Bull Ring for two days and by the Housman statue in Bromsgrove for a day speaking to anyone and everyone who wanted to talk about Brexit.
“The Brexit deal that people were promised and want does not exist.”
He said the EU had mapped out every option it offered the UK but there were always problems with the Government’s ‘red lines’.
And he criticised the notion of leaving the EU with no deal, adding it was naive to think Britain would be better placed after leaving to get a good deal.
“Simple economics tells you it is important to have a trade deal with your nearest neighbours – as distance doubles, trades halves.”
He also said he wanted to dispel rumours the EU was heading towards a ‘federal superstate’ and having an ‘EU Army’.
He added decisions like those could not be made unless they were agreed by the EU Commission of Ministers, an organisation made up of ministers from the member states who all voted on behalf of their nations.
“Some countries like France and Germany have intimated they want a defence arrangement but if the UK does not want to be part of it, it does not have to be.”
Check out his YouTube channel to watch his videos.