Whether you voted Leave or Remain
A few reflections as we reach the time when MP’s finally get to vote on “The Deal” that Mrs May has negotiated.
I would suggest that it has no chance of passing through Parliament. It puts us in a worse position than if we had stayed in the EU.
Mrs May suggests that this her deal is the only one we can have, otherwise we will crash out without a deal. This is untrue.
It is still possible for us to revoke Article 50, giving more time for negotiations to take place. There are some disadvantages to this, but nothing like the pain we will suffer if we leave with no deal.
It is perfectly legitimate to let voters have a final say on any deal that is negotiated, including the option of staying a member. As each day passes, more younger people join the voters role, generally with much more enthusiasm about freedom of movement to live and work where they want and less fear of immigrants.
The “Leavers” should be very careful what they wish for… very far from taking back control, most outcomes involve us having to accept EU rules and regulations in order to continue trading, but leaving means we will have zero influence over the setting of the rules.
Some people fear that there will be riots on the streets if we don’t Brexit. Really? Are we saying that the fear of the mob should guide government policy? We need to recognise that our democracy is far from perfect but hard fought for.
The best way forward is for us to recognise that we have to reform our voting system and House of Lords, as well as working within the EU to reform it for the better.
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