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Comment posted on 22 July 2017
Yes..you have to unravel the facts from the sarcasm, I think.
I find so much of what has occurred in the last year incredible - in the most literal sense of the word. That Cameron should have risked the referendum to gain support for his pro-Europe stance, without at least specifying that it would need a two-thirds majority, smacks of the same foolhardiness with which Theresa May called the recent election.
Such chaotic and haphazard behaviour is only to be expected from a government, of which the majority considered leaving the EU to be potentially disastrous, and now, in spite of that opinion, are forced to put the matter in hand because it is the 'will of the people'. The inevitable consequence of forcing our elected representative to act contrary to their beliefs and instincts, and contrary to the advice of the majority of economists, bankers and industrialists.
After May's installation, many commentators made the point that she was in a 'no-win' situation. The last twelve months has proved this to be so, and it will remain so, even for her successor. This runaway train cannot now be stopped, because if it were, the intransigent leavers will revolt. They will revolt anyway, because as their complete refusal to face the dismal facts becomes harder to sustain they will have to blame someone else for the catastrophic result of their democratic choice.
But what is really incredible is that, unlike almost any other political stance, where it is possible to listen to both sides of the argument and think 'well ...they might have a point there' and then 'but I can also see where they are coming from,' the arguments in favour of Brexit appear simply to fly in the face of reality. Look around you, see what is happening, wake up! And if you continue to deny that there is a problem, if you really think this is only a blip, and that we shall all benefit from this opportunity in the long run, then get back to me this time next year and let me know if you still think that. You don't have to be pessimist, or need any special insight to realise that a runaway train heading for a cliff edge is going to fall of the edge of that cliff.
Whatever you think of Vince Cable, Paddy Ashdown, or even - God forbid - Tony Blair, there's a reason these people are shouting "for God's sake, stop!"
Comment posted on 31 March 2017
What continues to amaze me is the apparent disregard for the unanswered questions that still surround Brexit, both by Brexiteers and the politicians - even now when the real stumbling blocks are starting to emerge.
"Britain will not be paying any money to EU." Really?
What about Gibraltar? We won't let Spain dictate terms. Really?
What about the Irish border - it's going to remain a "soft" border. Really?
May's going to stop Scotland holding a second independence referendum. Really?
The rights of British citizens who are resident in the EU are going to be maintained. Really?
(Already expats in Spain are seeing their pensions dwindle as the pound plummets)
What about reciprocal rights to health care?
What about European airspace?
The car industry will continue to thrive in the UK when the cost of parts from Europe escalate. Really?
Farmers are not going to miss their subsidies from the EU. Really?
The fishing industry will regain control of our territorial waters. Really?
And those imports which used to come from the EU, we'll now get from the USA, China or Australia. Really? (These countries are not exactly next door.)
Okay, well England might be worse off after all that, but at least we'll be a sovereign nation. Presumably like Andorra.
I know we're leaving the EU, and not leaving Europe, but can someone enlighten me as to what that actually means, other than not being towed off into the mid-Atlantic?
And a final word to those who wonder why Scotland would seek to re-entry to Europe when it wishes to free itself of the shackles of the UK. Just imagine how you would have felt if, in a general election, the majority of England voted, say, Labour, and got as a Prime Minister Marie LePenn. And if that were that the reality, then, yes, I would have voted Leave too. But that is the reality for Scotland.
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