Leave voter, Imogen Groome: "When I voted Leave, I put an arguably naive faith in the government to negotiate a deal that would be workable for our country."
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I wanted David Cameron to be accountable for his actions — that is, asking the country to vote on an issue they had next to no education on — and clean up the mess he created.
After watching his resignation, and witnessing Theresa May take the stand, I was dubious.
As a Remain campaigner, I did not believe she was fit for the job. She had told an audience at Goldman Sachs that ‘being part of a 500million trading block is significant for us.’ How could someone who made arguments stating the economic advantages of remaining in the EU chair the delivery of Brexit?
However, we as a nation had no choice but to watch her start negotiations with the EU, and over the last two years, I have grown increasingly conflicted over what I think of Brexit.
I voted Leave because I believed we could forge global partnerships that would benefit us more than the liberties offered by being a part of the single market and EEA.
I wanted the pioneers of the Leave campaign — Boris Johnson and Liam Fox — to step up to the challenge they championed.
I believed they could work with educated financial advisors, economists and other experts to work through the complex negotiations so that we would leave the EU on a stable basis, then grow the economy independently, becoming an attractive trading partner on a global scale.
I believed we could implement a points-based immigration system, where skilled workers could migrate to the UK and boost the economy.
I understood that existing EU citizens living in the UK would be worried at the concept of Brexit, and trusted that the government would put a plan in place ensuring their rights were protected, no matter what.
I understood that removing freedom of movement would damage the opportunities for people across the UK and EU to travel between these countries to live, work, and love. However, I believed that in time a new system could be implemented that would mean it would be just as easy to study in America or Australia as it would be on the Erasmus scheme.
I also wanted those in the UK struggling with employment prospects not to be left behind.
As a former claimant who struggled with abuse, poverty and homelessness as a result of the Universal Credit system, I believe it is clearly broken. I wanted our government to initially look inwards, work with those in economically disadvantaged areas to improve their prospects, then look outward on a wider level than an EU trading bloc. Perhaps bigger blocs could be created.
During the referendum campaign, I truly believed the sky was the limit.
I did not have a plan on how this would be achieved. To be blunt, it was not my job to come up with a plan.
I was helping those who held the real power to achieve a goal they fought for, then was forced to watch people like Boris Johnson shirk responsibility.
However, I now watch Theresa May speak of how she is at an ‘impasse’ in talks with the EU because Tusk believes her proposal would undermine the single market.
I believe that more time is needed for negotiations, and as prime minister, it is not just stubborn, but immature of Theresa May to not adapt her approach, instead telling us we have to prepare for the possibility of no deal. No deal is not what I campaigned for.
At the risk of pointing out the obvious, why would Brexiteers campaign for something that would damage their own prospects?
People seemed to believe, at the time of the campaign, that I wanted to remain in the UK for the rest of my life, shunning the EU and watching the economy burn.
Far from it. I wanted better prospects, believed we could achieve more, and put faith in those who spearheaded Brexit to deliver it. By warning us we should prepare for no deal, Theresa May is effectively telling Leave campaigners she’s listening to nothing but her own obstinacy.
Read the original article here - https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/22/a-no-deal-brexit-is-not-what-i-voted-leave-for-theresa-may-needs-to-negotiate-more-time-7969859/
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