Brexit

Finally, a word or two about this. As my friends know, I am a resolute remainer. Whilst I support democracy I also believe the referendum was just that. It was a vote on a particular proposal. I don’t recall anyone saying that this vote was a final vote and it was portrayed as a means of seeking the opinion of the country. Well, the country was marginally in favour of leaving. So, in my opinion, there should therefore have followed a second referendum which put to the country the options. As I see it there are 3 options: leave with no deal; leave with a deal or remain.

A referendum (plural: referendums or less commonly referenda) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is invited to vote on a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new law. In some countries, it is synonymous with a plebiscite or a vote on a ballot question

Having done research on the various comments people make about who funded Brexit and Nigel Farage I find that there is some truth in the fact that people like Jacob Rees Mogg will in fact be financially better off. There seems to be enough evidence to prove that the EU tax reforms which would have forced the Cayman Islands to open its banks to scrutiny have been delayed in the UK.

What saddens me is that so many people believe they will be better off. Young people who think the housing market will suddenly crash in London, will find that London becomes the centre of a post Brexit world. London has a short supply of property and the significant rush to allow planning and development almost anywhere in London must surely indicate a strong demand.

People who work so very hard on low wages, the nurses I see every day, need to be looked after with tax breaks and increases in wages. But thats not going to be possible if we reduce our tax haul by giving tax breaks and shrouding the rich elite in secrecy. I understand why people voted to leave, sort of, I understand when people say its an anti-London thing. What I don’t understand is why they can’t see that leaving benefits London and the rich more than it will the poor.

So, as I start another day and wait to hear what shite is spoken by some of our esteemed elected leaders I cry a little inside.  Cry because we will no longer be a European country; we will no longer be part of the significant block we fought hard to achieve. Cry for the thousands of people lost in battles to help us free our neighbours from tyranny and unite with them to ensure nothing like that ever happened again. Cry for the lack of freedom to move around the EU and to feel part of something.

I won’t cry for the bureaucracy and the resentment I sometimes felt against EU  politicians or some of the silly laws. But I do believe that we were stronger and we were doing really well as a country with some progressive laws we would never have achieved outside of the EU. For example, the right not to be discriminated against in employment because of your sexuality only came into law in 2000. Although nearly 20 years ago its really not that long and it would not have happened in the Armed forces if we had been outside of the EU.

Homosexuality in the Armed Forces

A case was taken by Stonewall to European Court of Human Rights (1999)

Former RAF nurse Jeanette Smith, ex-RAF administrator Graeme Grady, ex-Royal Navy lieutenant-commander Duncan Lustig-Prean and ex-naval rating John Beckett took their case to the European court after it was rejected by the Appeal Court in London. The ex-servicemen and a former RAF nurse told the court that investigations into their homosexuality, and their subsequent sackings, violated their human rights.

The ban was lifted on 12th January 2000.

 

So, lets see what September brings for us all.

2 thoughts on “Brexit”

  1. Thank you for being so open and real. I am crying for my wonderful friends who are either from Europe themselves and married to British partners, or who are here on their partners European passport. All have had their worlds rocked and feel deeply hurt and rejected by a country they have lived in for at least two decades and have worked for and served well. I cry also for the insensitivity and arrogance of the Brexit voters who shout “get over it, it’s a democracy”. I don’t want to belong to a country that treats people this way and am embarrassed and ashamed to be British right now. 😢

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    1. I agree with your comments Sarah, I am shocked by the vitriol of the Brexit voters I hear on TV and one or two I spoken to. Others I know are lovely normal people like us, they did what they thought was best at the time and they are now shocked at what is being revealed about Farage, Rees Mogg etc. Most of those people would quite like to vote again but differently. Others who are still strong Brexiters believe in leaving because of the mess of Europe and hold a view that we get less out then we put in. They are resolute in their position and because I believe in free speech I don’t mind that they hold a different view I just wish there was more honesty about why we are leaving.

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