The Metro - RN Chris Oram 'I voted to leave the EU but with a no-deal Brexit on the cards, I’m backing a People’s Vote.'

Remainer Now, freelance journalist Chris Oram, shares why he backs a People's Vote in The Metro.

It seems to me that the mood in Britain has shifted dramatically in the last couple of years, no doubt due to the EU referendum.

If you keep up-to-date on UK politics, you’ve also probably noticed the Remain voices getting louder, while Brexiteers have stopped shouting.

I myself voted Leave in the 2016 referendum, but it only took me a few months to start questioning my decision.

Now, I support the People’s Vote and Remainer Now campaigns in hope that the government will give us a second referendum.

So, why did I change my mind?

We all remember the big red bus that circulated the country the months before the EU referendum vote took place, with its pledge screaming out at us: ‘£350 million for our NHS.’

The figure was allegedly the amount we pay to the EU every week, but once you factor in the money we get back, this figure should have been marketed as closer to £164 million per week.

Many of the Leave campaigners were adamant that our struggling health system would benefit from leaving the EU and it was one of the key components that collected our votes.

Let’s not forget that the NHS is staffed by both British and foreign doctors and nurses, and all we have done is make many of these medical professionals feel unwelcome in our country.

My second biggest reason for voting Leave was due to the politicians on that side, who told lie after lie about what was achievable once the referendum had been won.

Former Brexit secretary, David Davis, even suggested that we would fly straight to Berlin to strike a bespoke trade deal the day after the referendum.

Not only did this show that Mr Davis is completely ignorant on EU trade policy, it also shows a lack of leadership skills from our current prime minister – who gave him the job.

We can now clearly see that in the two years since, Davis has achieved next to nothing.

Also, I was under the impression that our negotiations would include staying in the single market, protecting our trading interests.

‘Absolutely no-one is talking about threatening our place in the single market,’ conservative eurosceptic Daniel Hannan said, yet here we are faced with a potential no-deal Brexit.

Everyone who voted for Brexit will insist that the ‘clean break’ from the EU was exactly what they voted for.

Well, I didn’t vote for that and I can’t be the only one.

Let’s take a moment to think about a no-deal Brexit.

It is politically, physically and constitutionally impossible.

There are no loopholes around the Irish border problem – and the Good Friday Agreement – which was conveniently forgotten about during the referendum, prohibits a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

It also says that both sides must abide by the same trading guidelines, which only gives us two options.

To either stay in the customs union and single market, or persuade Ireland to leave, too.

Dominic Raab gave a speech on Thursday which outlined the Conservative’s plan in case of a no-deal Brexit. Most of which, was about damage control.

No one voted for a no-deal scenario, and it could inflict issues with medicine trade across borders, larger costs of credit card payments, businesses having to plan for custom checks at Dover and Britons who are living abroad could lose their pensions.

Even police chiefs warn we will lose access to the EU-wide crime database and the farmers union suggests that some farms will collapse without the customs union in place.

I try to explain this to my friends and family but I am constantly fighting a losing battle.

What frustrates me the most is that most people don’t follow the news as closely as I do, and when confronted with a piece of solid evidence they brush it off as fake or uninteresting news.

If you’re not willing to read current affairs, how will you know if you were right to vote Leave?

In summary, a no-deal Brexit is completely impossible and the Chequers agreement headed by Theresa May is not recognisable to any Leave voter.

Our only logical option in this case is to support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal because the electorate has been confused from the very beginning. It makes sense to complete the negotiations, present the final findings to the electorate and allow us to slam the breaks on if we can clearly see that it’s not in the country’s best interest.


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