Jonathan & Denise >
We voted to Remain.
Brexit – especially a no-deal Brexit – will deprive us and our children (and grandchildren) many fundamental rights and far-reaching benefits that arise from EU citizenship. It will create barriers between us and our family in Spain.
That said, we accepted the result and commited ourselves to making the best of it. We trust in the resourcefulness, ingenuity and enterprise of the British people more than we do the machinations and munificence of a remote government, to make the best of what life offers. We believe in Small is Beautiful. We believe in standing on our own two feet. But no that’s not a contradiction of voting Remain : we can see both sides of the argument, though on balance we believe it’s better to Remain in EU and work to resist the tendency for power to be centralized, work to promote the Principle of Subsidiarity.
However, as time has gone by, it’s become apparent to most reasonable voters just how many of the British public were duped into voting Leave : duped with false information ; deceived with blind promises ; tricked with blatant lies. The lack of rational informed debate was obvious even before the referendum itself was over! In our view, the Leave campaign was dishonest, and the Remain campaign was vacuous.
We cannot understand why this should be a surprise to anybody, but apparently many on the extremes of the political spectrum still cannot comprehend – or refuse to accept – that sovereignty is something that has to be shared in order ensure security and prosperity. No man is an island, nor any nation – not even Britain!
We have a lot of sympathy for Theresa May, who bravely picked up the poisoned chalice, and has run with it through thick and thin, eyes firmly fixed on the finishing line. Who would want to be in her shoes?! Recalcitrant MPs have put party-political strategies and their own ambitions ahead of national interest. The UK is teetering on the brink of a chasm and all they can do is argue for a better route, a more desirable destination, without any regard to the time and the difficulties involved.
Unfortunately, it now seems that regardless of whether the agreement negotiated with the EU – the only solution currently available – is approved by MPs in Westminster, or not, we have to face years more of turmoil as the new relationship with the EU is negotiated. Yes, that’s right, Theresa May’s deal concerns itself only with the terms of divorce, with little more than a footnote on the kind of future relationship that is yet to be negotiated. That’s years more of uncertainty and bickering.
That’s why both of us, and our daughters Rebecca and Catherine, have signed the petition to revoke the ‘Article 50 Notice to Withdraw’ – and thereby to stay in the EU. Enough is Enough!
When J started typing this, the number of signatories had reached 3 million. In the time taken to type this, another 100,000 have signed. Many of those who voted in the referendum have no access to the internet, others may be put off signing by doubts as to it being an effective means to make changes (to date, no statutory petition has resulted in changes to legislation). But if this petition reaches 15 million or more, it would be impossible for MPs and government to ignore or dismiss.
Do you also think that Enough is Enough! That it’s best to just call the whole thing off? Then, if you are a UK citizen, regardless of where you live, make your voice heard!