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I was a devout Remainer in 2016, but am now enthused by the opportunities of Brexit
Devastated. Absolutely heartbroken. I will never forget it. That sombre walk to work on the morning of 24th June 2016 and the furious discussions that I had with people that day. Continuous mourning into the weekend, and the apprehension and genuine fury at the prospect of seeing my Leave-voting grandparents for dinner that Sunday night.
Quite how I had got myself so hysterical, I am not so sure. I wasn’t exactly the most passionate advocate of the EU prior to the vote – and I wasn’t even that clued up on the detailed workings of the political union. I had voted Remain primarily based on values: I liked what it stood for – its aims of liberalism, globalism and international cooperation resonated with me.
I admired other European countries and the progress that they had made on issues that I cared so passionately about. From drug reform in Portugal to gender equality in Sweden, I admired their work and I saw sharing our decision-making powers with them as nothing but a benefit.
The EU had its flaws, of course, but on balance I felt it better to be reforming on the inside with a guaranteed seat at the table. Besides, leaving would no doubt cause disruption to several sectors, including my own, so why bother taking the risk or rocking the boat? I simply hadn’t been sold on any of the arguments for Leaving. Either that, or I chose not to listen to them.
I was so convinced that I was right. Convinced that my argument was the only option; that something bad would inevitably follow if we went down the Brexit path.
I can see now my own youthful naivety and plain blissful ignorance. I didn’t know many people who voted Leave – and for those few that I did come across, I was so set in my own echo chamber that I wasn’t willing to enter into the debate with any real sincerity.
Two years, however – particularly at my age – can be plenty of time to challenge one’s mindset. Moving from a predominantly left-wing organisation (a students’ union) to more right-wing surroundings (working for a Conservative MP) naturally did wonders in giving me the opportunity to engage with a side of the argument that I hadn’t done previously. I was presented with viewpoints that before I had been so quick to dismiss. I heard arguments that I hadn’t even bothered to consider before my vote was cast.
In my fear of the potential disruption to sectors such as higher education and finance, I hadn’t even thought about the potential benefit to those in our farming or fishing communities.
In all of my pride of being “internationalist”, I hadn’t even thought about the fact that preferential treatment for one continent inevitably discriminates against all of the others. Or that higher tariffs are applied to those countries which most need assistance in lifting themselves out of poverty.
And if I am totally honest, whether it be through lack of information, naivety or just plain ignorance, the very real future of the EU superstate had completely passed me by.
But ultimately, what I thought and how I felt is largely irrelevant now. For we live in a democracy, and my vote and my voice counts just as much as anybody else’s.
Nobody was “tricked”. Nobody had more of a stake in the outcome than anyone else. And nothing has done more to push me further away from the Remain side of the argument than those who cannot give their fellow citizens the decency of respecting the validity of their views.
Above all, I’m an optimist, and now that we are over two years down the line, I see nothing but opportunities.
An opportunity to take a step back as a nation: evaluate who we are, where we are going and to refresh and renew our relationships around the world.
An opportunity to re-engage with our former colonies, to clear through the wreckage of the past and to finally become equal partners and hopeful friends.
An opportunity to review decades-old legislation, outdated in almost every single area of our lives – whether that be our education system or our employment laws, our welfare state or our prisons.
It’s a time for us to own our history, shape our identity and to re-take our place in the world – with neither arrogance nor guilt. A nation renewed, confident and humble. A nation that listens to the views of its citizens at home and is optimistic for the positive impact that it can have abroad.
On 29th March next year, we will be leaving the European Union. There is a bright future ahead for us, should we decide to grab it.
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.
No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.
It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.
Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.
I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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