Wednesday 7 September 2016

Time to get off the fence - #Brexit commentary

It is now 100% clear that the supporters of Brexit are completely clueless about what to do next. The Brexit secretary David Davis stood up and made a statement that said nothing in Parliament. The Prime Minister has ruled out a points based system for immigration. No one seems to want to know whether they want to be in the single market or in the deep blue sea.

For all the rhetoric, our major trading partners and foreign investors (Japan and the USA) told us at the G20 that they are not interested in helping us with independent trade deals. Rabid Brexiters clamour for us to invoke article 20 ASAP as they know that if this doesn't happen, the whole thing could unravel. They say this in the full knowledge that this could be economic Hari Kiri. Not one has put forward a sane and well thought out plan for how to manage the transition.

At a time when we need a strong opposition, we have none at all. The Labour Party has decided that at a time of great national need, the best thing to do is launch a fratricidal civil war. This is insane. 48.1% of people who voted expressed a desire to stay in the EU, many who voted out are having second thoughts as the reality sinks in.

It really is time for those of us who care about our country to try and pull together. to save the UK from economic suicide. There is only one party that seems to be behaving sensibly in regard to the EU. That is the Lib Dems. It is a statement of fact that, despite all of their numerous mistakes, had the Tories not taken the 40 odd seats, we wouldn't be in this mess.

It is true that the party did itself much harm in the coalition, but the only realistic hope for sane government in the UK in the foreseeable future is for the Lib Dems to win back as many seats as possible at the next election. That is why I am applying to rejoin the party. It is time to get off the fence, even if the way ahead is difficult.

No comments: