It took me until roughly this time last year to realise that what I had voted for was not going to be delivered. I felt I had been lied too. Plain and simple. Or perhaps I hadn’t been lied too, rather I had simply voted for something I nor anyone truly knew. Once more I talk about the possibility, for me, I saw the opportunity to transform the UK into a further services economy, based on finance, technology, and entertainment. For others, it was a chance to double down on an outdated products market, restore dangerous tariffs and impose a foreboding and xenophobic immigration system. Often the refrain of“Get rid of the foreigners” was said. I also realised the answer to one of Mr. Carswell’s questions. That Europe doesn’t have one singular Silicon Valley, it has multiple smaller ones.
As the negotiation process drew on, I did not anticipate the complete incompetence of Her Majesty’s Government in negotiating with itself on its ideal of Brexit and then carrying that over to towards the European Union. We now stand on the precipice of crashing out of the European Union and reverting back to archaic World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
The fact is plain and simple, the reality has changed. Leaving is now the de-facto position of the government, they will have no deal. Leaving without any agreement and the economic impact it would have was never part of the leave platform. The cabal of hard Brexiteers in parliament, the European Research Group (ERG) and their amendments have essentially made it such that the EU will reject due to the asinine nature of their demands. Even if by happenstance an arrangement could be arranged, it would inevitably be tantamount to colonial status giving us one of the worst possible arrangement for Britain’s future, save for leaving without any arrangement.
Once again, this was not remotely close to what I voted for. If I had known the outcome we were heading towards, I would have voted emphatically to remain. With my work in finance and technology, with what I want to do. Leaving the United Kingdom to pursue my efforts, would be more preferable than living within the confines of an isolated island that inflicted no-deal upon itself by its government.
So now, I believe that as the terms of our departure for leaving the European Union are becoming clearer it is time to for us to have a referendum on the final deal, whether as a nation we truly want to leave our political and economic partners for the void of uncertainty. Earlier, I mentioned one question Mr. Carswell asked. “Would you vote to join the European Union today, based on how different it is when we joined?”, that question I realise now was irrelevant because joining a political union is vastly different from staying part of one. So now I’d like to ask the question, would you vote to leave the European Union today based on how different the circumstances are when you voted to leave in 2016. For me and many others, I suspect that the result would be a no.
I know that to suggest a referendum would be billed as heresy to the democratic principles we pride ourselves on in the west. However, the notion that the ‘will of the people’ is immutable as they learn more information, is preposterous, arrogant and dangerous. Was it a betrayal of the will of the people to hold the 2016 referendum when the people had chosen by an overwhelming margin to remain in 1975? Was it a betrayal of the will of the people to suggest that in the event of a remain victory, leave groups would continue campaigning for a withdrawal? Is it a betrayal of the will of the people, now that polls show the people would prefer a referendum to hold one?
We must resist the overwhelming noise from the likes of Nigel Farage or Jacob Rees-Mogg. Whilst I can admire their conviction in doing what they earnestly believe, they are simply wrong in what a hard Brexit will entail. In truth, their ideal version of Brexit will cause undue harm. When Mr. Rees-Mogg says we may not realise the potential of Brexit for 50 years he says this because he is indifferent to the damage it will cause the public. Mr. Mogg and the likes of the ERG will be fine, we in the public will not.
I would go so far to argue that if they succeed in their efforts, in establishing a hard no deal Brexit. Mr. Farage, Rees-Mogg and the hard Brexiteers will have succeeded in doing what General Bonaparte or Kaiser Wilhelm II or any of Britain’s historical enemies had failed to do. They would have subjugated Britain and damaged it irreparably.
No one should feel ashamed to change their minds. Most people that voted for Brexit did so because they legitimately felt that they were improving the future of Britain. Instead of animosity, a reasonable dialogue should be made for people such as myself that evolved their position and the millions that are on the fence about it now.
A referendum will most likely be a close affair. I believe that Brexit did have one advantage, it laid bare the soul of this nation and of the European Union. The European Union has echoed repeatedly that we could cancel this entire sordid affair and resume like business as usual. The truth is, in the event of remaining, we won’t have fully resolved the longstanding issues that led us to initially leave, neither will it solve the ascendency of populism in European Union’s constituent states.
We must do more. We must reform Europe…