Is it worth stopping Brexit?
Posted by Frank Preiss, on 31 July 2018. Comments: 1
Let's face it. Brexit has no benefits to offer the British people. Almost everyone now accepts that, whatever the outcome of the current negotiations, most of us will be worse off than we are now.
It takes a special kind of blind arrogance to put the well-being of 65 million people at risk of the greatest catastrophy since World War II on the basis of such a dismal prospect.
The big difference between Leavers and Remainers in 2016 was that we Remainers did know what we were voting for. We already had it. Brexiteers couldn't explain, or even agree, why our present membership of the EU is so unsatisfactory, why it prevents us from trading with the rest of the world, why it stops us controlling our non-EU immigration.
However, It seems no amount of rational argument will change people's minds. Maybe only the reality of catastrophy can do that. But if we let it happen the damage will be done. Our children and grandchildren will suffer for 40 years or more.
Parliament is deadlocked. Whatever proposal the government comes up with in October our warring politicians won't make peace. Time is running out.
The British people must think again. The question is hugely more complex than simply Remain or Leave, but we already know a lot more about the likely consequences of Brexit than we did.
The only hope of a resolution is a repeat referendum with a third option: to cancel Brexit outright, as quickly as possible. The claim that the 2016 referendum cannot be undone is absurd. We all have the right to change our minds.
The second referendum will need a decisive result - surely at least 60/40 in favour of one of the three options would be right for such a massive national upheaval. If that doesn't happen then by default we could only stay on our present disastrous course and leave, with or without a deal, and probably with catastrophic damage to our economy, to our international standing and to the EU. The United Kingdom might or not disunite, but the rancour and bitterness would fester on.
So it is vital to stop argung about the pipe-dreams of a Brexit future, and to focus instead on the many positives of being influential members of the developing EU here and now. These things are not very newsworthy so they haven't been much discussed in the last 3 years.
In truth, the case for Britain staying in the EU is overwhelming. We Remainers made the terrible mistake last time of taking that for granted. It must not happen again.
Even at this late date it is worth stopping Brexit.
1. At 20:18 on Thursday 2nd of August 2018, Hayes commented...
Fully agree. Brexit is insane.
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