Why I voted Leave.

186130_1The Brexit debate continues, at least on social media if not so much in the real world, seemingly unabated.

I’d have thought that most people would be fed up with it by now and want to talk about things that matters a lot more, and over which they still have some influence rather than banging on about something which has been out of our hands as electors since the general election.

But it seems as though an awful lot of people are in denial of the political realities.

These being that the UK is leaving the EU on 29th March 2019, that the negotiations on details will go on for years, and that most importantly these are all now matters for government and parliament not the electorate.

Hey ho, if people want to get wound up over a pointless debate, that is their choice.

This is so on both sides of the argument because some Leavers are as confused over the realities as some Remainers.

There are quite a few Leavers venting their spleens on Twitter who still seem to think that Brexit will have a significant impact on reducing immigration, which may have been their prime motivation for voting Leave.

In my humble opinion this is unlikely to happen.

Most EU citizens currently coming to the UK to work will still be needed and welcome after Brexit, and in addition the level playing field of controlling our own borders means that we will probably welcome more not fewer immigrants from the rest of the world after Brexit, particularly from the Commonwealth.

Too many Leavers confuse the word “control” with “reduce.”

“Taking Back Control” means that the UK makes decisions rather than the EU, not that the decisions will be any different.

I voted Leave because I wanted UK to take back control. The referendum posed a constitutional and political question to me not an economic or social one.

I voted to leave a political union. That’s it.

When we leave that political union it will be mission accomplished. It is the end I have longed for since 1992 when the EEC disappeared and became the EU.

I was happy with the UK being a member of an economic community. That is what I voted and campaigned for in 1975 as a member of Britain in Europe, the European Movement, and a pro-EEC Conservative Party.

I thought this was very much in my best interests.

I am very sad that we will undoubtedly lose many of the benefits of being in that old community when we leave the union. But the referendum question did not contain any reference to possible consequences of the decision, it simply asked us if we wanted to Remain or Leave.

Had the question been different, then so might my answer have been.

The question was binary and unconditional, as was the answer we each gave.

I suspect and hope that post Brexit UK will thrive. It is highly likely that the EU will in any case implode in coming decades. If that does happen then at least the UK will be ahead of the pack in seeking to re-make a life for the country outside the narrow and protectionist EU club.

It is however that protectionism which with the emergence of Trump’s America has become the in fluential factor on global economics. Personally I favour globalisation and see free trade as the key to opening up true globalisation.

This has been the direction we have all been heading for the past 50+ years. But and it’s abig but, things have changed in the last year with Trump.

Ironically for those people who despise both Trump’s protectionism and Brexit liberation, they are contradictory and conflicting changes. If you oppose Brexit, you should support Trump!

We live in strange times indeed.

One elemenmt of the strangeness for me is highlighted by the passions that a mixed bag of politically coloured people seem to have a passion for the EU superstate, which was never apparent before or during the 2016 referendum.

The second irony is that if these people had got their act together at the right moment then the UK would not be leaving to EU at all. But politics is all about timing, and they missed the moment!

The Game is Over.


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