When will the Remainers get it into their heads that we are not having a second referendum?
It is about time the Remainers calmed down and accepted the will of the people, rather than keep trying to think of underhand ways to have another vote or to overturn Brexit altogether. I am not sure what definition of ‘democracy’ such people are using, but to even suggest that they want to stop Brexit is, by my defintion, anti-democratic.
Waht happens in general elections? That’s right, we have to compromise, because around half of the voters are frustrated every 5 years when their party doesn’t get in. But, we don’t have another general election just to make sure everyone is happy or to make sure that we get the ‘right’ result.
No, we just get on with our lives and make the best of what we have.
This is exacrlty what we have to do with the proposal that the PM has put forward. Accept that it is a compromise and get on with it or we leave without a deal and take the consequences.
I agree that we didn’t have all the information about the potential costs and benefits of leaving the EU when we voted in 2016, but we all knew that we were voting to stay in or leave the EU. It could not have been an easier question.
No-one said that the answer would be easy, but given the speed at which Cameron stood down as PM after the result of the referendum came in, I think we all knew that it wasn’t going to be plain sailing.
Now, of course, we have economists and central bankers coming out of the woodwork to say just how bad it will be if we leave the EU with or without a deal. The housing market will crash, unemployment will rise and the economy will have a shock to the system the likes of which we have not witnessed since the 1930s.
The Remainers cling to these predictions like somone drowning clings to driftwood and they see it as all the proof they need to argue that we need to stay in the EU. The Leavers naturally pooh-pooh the figures and the Remainers pooh-pooh, the pooh-pooh, but we have been here before.
During the Brexit campaign we were told by former Chancellor George Osborne that leaving the EU would tip the UK into a year-long recession, with up to 820,000 jobs lost within two years. In publishing a Treasury report he went on to state that a Leave vote would cause an “immediate and profound” economic shock, with growth between 3% and 6% lower.
All I can say to these doom-mongers is: au contraire, mes amis. There was no such catastrophe in 2016 and there will be no catastrophe when we leave the EU in March 2019.
To keep with the sailing metaphor, our PM is still in very choppy waters and she does face the very real prospect of having her proposal voted down by parliament and if that does happen there has to be a plan B.
For me, that would have to be Norway Plus Plus, as it is being called, whereby we’re holding hands with the EU but we’re not in a headlock, which I think we could all live with, and we can then start to build alliances with countries around the world.