Wilfully frustrating the result of the People’s Vote of 2016 would lead us to a dark place

Wilfully frustrating the result of the People’s Vote of 2016 would lead us to a dark place

If all goes well from my point of view, the United Kingdom will perhaps at some point soon leave the European Union, 46 years after it joined the institution – which was of course then known as the European Economic Community back in 1973. Having been happily re-adopted by the Lincoln constituency Conservatives recently as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, I was hoping for a run of good luck…

Whatever your view, it will be a momentous moment in our country’s political history, which will no doubt change the way the UK interacts with the rest of the world and the way others see us.  That can be a positive thing.

Some EU leaders have now made it excruciatingly clear (late in the day) that they do not want ‘no deal’, recognising to the outside world, what we all already knew, that it will negatively impact on their own countries. So it is now clear that they have never wanted it – which makes it so irreconcilable that some individual Remainers in senior political positions in the UK insisted on taking ‘no deal’ off the negotiating table and hugely reducing our bargaining position. One doubts they have the self-awareness to realise they have demonstrated to the public they aren’t good enough in the roles they currently hold.

The Prime Minister was maybe right in her address from Downing Street at the end of last month to finally bite back at the negative MPs who have been happily denigrating her personally, as well as her Government and the negotiations she and her colleagues have conducted. Maybe it could have been phrased and delivered in a better way, but considering the many MPs from all sides – aided and abetted by ‘players’ like the former Prime Minister Tony Blair continuing to undermine our Government and our country and the negotiation meetings, at every turn – one could see that eventually a day of reckoning was on the cards. These naysayer Remainers and their ilk, particularly Blair, were continuing to undermine the process by spinning that the UK would have another referendum at some point and would reverse its decision. Spoiler alert: that isn’t going to happen.

Our country, some say, is teetering on the edge of a political crater of an EU volcano that may blow at any point. Some would point out that the EU is in the same quandary, and continually moving the goalposts as the EU is trying to do only makes the situation worse. Another example of the EU duplicity is demonstrated by DUP leader Arlene Foster who has referenced that the Irish Government is behaving childishly and aggressively in raising the border issue in the way they have. That’s as may be. The recent claims that actually there is a way for an invisible border to be maintained is quite the revelation, so why was it such a stumbling block for many months?

It is to the Irish Taoiseach and EU’s shame that their politicking around a non-issue – in their pursuit of a big enough spanner to throw in the ‘works’ of a deal – has been seen to be just that. That is, gaming the process and working outside the negotiations and using this very real but ‘fake’ Ireland issue to try and negate Brexit, or at best to permanently delay it. In doing so, they would be keeping the UK leashed at the very least as a supplicant in relation to the other 27 EU states, with no voting rights on all the important issues.

That is not leaving, and for democracy and politics to be fixed in the UK the powers-that-be ought to be aware that the voting public have had enough. They say so on the doorsteps as I and many activists are out knocking on doors and talking to people every weekend. They voted, in a majority, to leave, but whichever way they voted, they expected their will to be implemented.

To not understand that and to wilfully frustrate the original and recent People’s Vote of 2016, backed up by a general election when 85% backed the two main parties whose central policy plank was to implement the Leave result, leads us into a dark place.

Leaving the EU, even with no Withdrawal Agreement, does not mean we leave Europe, or that we will no longer trade with, or holiday in, Europe. It means we can carry on treating our nearest European countries as trading partners, on (friendly) WTO terms until further agreements are reached (yes, the Great British Public are going to love it when they realise that these Brexit negotiations are scheduled to go on for years and years, whatever happens with the Withdrawal Agreement). But whilst all this is happening with Europe, we will as a nation have our sovereign powers back to pass what laws we wish to, control immigration to our economic and social advantage and to reach out and engage in trade deals with the Commonwealth countries and all other countries around the world in the great global economy in which we are a proud and key player.