Brexit – lessons learnt!

So this is crunch week!!

Theresa May has a deal – but can she get it though the cabinet? Or her own party? Or parliament? I don’t think she has a chance.

This week could see the fall of May and the Tories. We could have leadership battles, a general election and a new referendum.

Bring it on!!

What a farce this has been from the start!

First Cameron and Osborne stupidly offer a referendum (thinking that they wouldn’t have to honour that promise) in order to keep their extreme nutcases on board for the election.

Then they go and narrowly win the election and have to honour their promise and have a stupid referendum.

Then the referendum campaign is botched. Nobody has a clue what the consequences are and what options there are. We are lied to. The rabid right set the agenda with fear and false promises.

Then Cameron and Osborne jump ship and May takes over. She gains power by pandering to her nutcases. She messes up the election and clings on to power through bribes and the loony DUP who think the earth is flat!

Then May puts fruitcake Davies in charge and we have two years of farce and stupidity which ends in a fudge.

So what lessons could we learn?

  1. Don’t ever put party before country.
  2. Don’t ever put such difficult decisions with such severe outcomes in the hands of the public who are not qualified to understand. The politicians didn’t even understand.
  3. If you are going to have a referendum sort it properly. On something as crucial as this you can’t have a simple majority and you have got to be completely clear about the implications.
  4. Don’t lie to the people!
  5. Don’t put extremists in charge!
  6. If you are going to negotiate – represent all the people – not just the ones on your side.
  7. Instead of keeping the negotiation within the Tory Party and Government, on something as momentous as this, a cross-party, broad group should have been created to represent all the views.
  8. Don’t lie about the will of the people. A binary vote does not tell you why people voted.

We have allowed the extremists to set the agenda and mess up the negotiations. If we had put a negotiating group together, representing the full range of views, we might be in a far better situation now!

It has become quite clear that to extricate ourselves from the EU is going to be extremely costly and will leave us a lot worse off. We will replicate and duplicate so many things, have masses of bureaucracy, mess up our trade, have firms leaving, great queues and barriers, have far worse cooperation on crucial things such as crime and terrorism and reduce our power as a nation.

It won’t even address the problems that caused people to vote for Brexit in the first place!! – immigration, sovereignty, terrorism and cash will not be addressed. In fact they will be worse!

Have lessons been learn?

Let’s have a PEOPLES’ VOTE and see!

7 thoughts on “Brexit – lessons learnt!

  1. This further “people’s vote” you suggest, in addition to the Brexit referendum of 2016 and the general election of 2017, will it be another binary referendum, like the “Leave” or “Remain” Brexit referendum?

    If so, what question will the new “people’s vote” referendum ask this time?

    What answer are you hoping the people will give, to whatever that desired question will be?

    How will we ensure that this time around the public understands the question better than you seem to think we understood the question that was posed in 2016?

    What makes you think the public will be any more unanimous in 2018 or 2019, when we have this additional “people’s vote”, than the public was in 2016, when Leave had a small majority over Remain, when those were the two alternatives, or in the 2017 general election?

    1. John – firstly it does not have to be a binary vote. We can devise a referendum with numerous possibilities. There are many types of Brexit.
      Secondly it makes sense to me for a negotiation to be taken back to the people to see if they approve of the outcome of those negotiations.
      Every negotiation I have been involved with as a union has gone back to the membership to ratify.
      The referendum vote was taken without any knowledge of the reality of leaving. Now we have a much better idea of the ramifications. We can see through the lies and gloss. It makes sense to see if the outcome is really what people want.
      My feeling is that now people realise how complex the extrication is, how costly it is going to be, how it will neither give sovereignty or solve the immigration problem, how it will hit our economy and make us much poorer, how it will not enable all those wonderful trade deals we were promised and how it is really based on the ideology of a bunch of nationalists, they will not want it.

      1. So, what happens if (as seems likely) 47% Remain in, 28% vote for a hard Leave, whilst 25% vote for a soft Leave? Has Remain won, because 47% is bigger than either 28% and 25%? Or has hard Leave won, because 53% (28% + 25%) is bigger than 47% (so Leave wins), whereas 28% beats 25% in the vote as to what sort of Leave, hard or soft?

        Perhaps you favour a transferable vote system. The second choice of soft Leavers is likely to be which, hard Leave, or Remain?

        Is your suggestion likely to make those who vote better able to understand what they are voting for than people were in 2016? Is this likely to lead to a fairer outcome?

    1. Yes John – I think it would be a much more informed vote. We all have a much better understanding of the implications and choices. We did not really have a clue before. We were fed with scare stories and misinformation.

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