I voted out because I feel (rightly or wrongly) that the industry I'm in is being massively taken advantage of by the Eastern Europeans because the uk is a soft touch. I'm a truck driver who has very comprehensive rules concerning how many hours I can do this that and the other then on top of that I have EU working time regulations which really can confuse the unwitting resulting in big fines for non compliance. The best part of that was when they came up with the working time directive they soon realised the ideal world of everybody only having to work 39 hours a week or whatever it is doesn't really work for the road haulage industry so they made all sorts of exemptions for us as well as adding a mode to the tachograph so drivers that are at work by being in the truck aren't really at work because they're on poa (period of available). This means because they're only available to do some work they're not working so it doesn't count towards your work hours limit. So, I can and still do occasionally 60+ hours a week! Confused? Yeah well that makes thousands of us! Just think of it as legalised tachograph fiddling and you get the picture.
So, why do we have to work dangerously long hours you may ask? Well, because the EU has basically made us open our borders up to every single eastern euro driver that is happy to work for the uk national minimum wage so they've come here in droves and kept the wages artificially low for most of us. The hauliers that are happy to fill all they're trucks with EU drivers of very questionable quality are not really to blame! You see, the EU has also allowed the eastern euro haulage firms to send they're trucks all over Western Europe for months on end undercutting native company's to take the work meaning they can't afford to pay a decent wage even if they wanted so euro 'meat on the seat' will have to do!
Next time you are on a motorway, especially in the south east, take note of how many of the trucks are Eastern European, I think you'll be surprised!