It seems that the forecasts of a National disaster following Brexit are still in play.
Theresa May is cast in the role of devil’s child because she’s to take the negotiations for our decision forward into Europe. Perhaps some don’t remember that she was not a Brexiteer but was in the Bremain Camp. Nor at the time of the referendum could she forsee the result and know she would be Prime Minister now. Despite that, she has agreed to do the honourable thing and carry the wishes of the majority forward.
Most of the doom and gloom that was forecast hasn’t happened and there must have been many shocked faces this week when a large car manufacturer declared they would be staying in the UK and taking forward two new models. The Government spokesman said there was no cheque book involved in the decision. No offer to pay any future tariff for them. I’m not naive enough not to think there wouldn’t have been some give and take on the day though but there have always been concessions made to bring the big manufacturers here and anywhere else.
It won’t be an easy ride for whoever is in Europe making the case for the UK and I’m quite sure there will be plenty of representatives of the other European countries who will want to extract blood for what they see as an insult. That’s fine as with all the predictions we have from over here will no doubt give them plenty of ideas what to do. I saw that billions of our £’s will be lost in penalties for leaving. It would be nice not to hear that one mooted too often. To my mind, when Britain leaves, as leave it must now, we still remain exactly where we are, a neighbour. We will no longer be a part of the Union but like we were before the Union was in place we can still be friends, still co-operate on many things like NATO and information on criminal enterprises. Whatever they do, we shall still be right in place as a possible customer for much of their produce. Be spiteful and we might buy elsewhere.
It must be remembered too that we weren’t the only country who have considered leaving the Union and many will be watching our fate. Yes, they may hope that being hard on us will serve as a warning to others but it could also make others wish to leave even more than remain as part of a spiteful group. This week there has been much hair pulling as Canada, ready to sign a trade deal with the Union was held up by five small places in Belgium, which prevented Belgium from signing. That can happen again and again. Brexit means we will no longer be held at the whim of such a small legislative body that wields so much power. One of the main reasons for the Brexiteers winning the referendum was to pull away from governance via Belgium and have the opportunity to set our own laws again. The losers cry that this will mean all the laws adopted from the EU will disappear like the Human Rights Act. This is a nonsense. All EU laws will be taken off our books when Brexit happens, but many will be adopted straight onto our own statutes at the same time. The Human Rights Act was always contentious with many because of Sherie Blair’s involvement in it. She seemed to be involved in some very expensive (i.e money earning) litigation from day one. Yes, I freely admit to not being a fan of the Blairs. Nothing has changed.
I’ve heard that the young blame the old for Brexit and yet I know that many young people voted to leave. Also, should the young not recognise that older people have more experience of life and don’t make decisions based on cheap travel abroad. There may come a time in the future when stepping back into the fold is possible and they can vote again knowing they’ll be committed to adopting the Euro in the face of the elderly who don’t want it.
What I’m suggesting is that the Bremain people give it a while longer to see if we have concrete news of what the exit is going to cost us and stop worrying about what if’s and maybes until there’s something to worry about. At that time they can moan at what they don’t like but I hope also remember that regardless of what they want, it was a majority decision to leave and it’s that which forces Theresa May to act on our behalf. Even the Brexiteers will find something to moan about if costs soar as we’re told they will and at that time we’ll accept all the ‘Told You So’s’ that people want to throw.
I see charts that show how unfair it was that democracy wasn’t served during the referendum because so many people were not allowed to vote. It started with 16-17 year olds. Since it isn’t the law in the UK for that age group to vote and legislation wasn’t brought in before the event except in Scotland to change that, it’s just another excuse to moan. There’s no saying it would have changed anything anyway. And those Brits who have settled abroad, well maybe they should have been given the vote for this event but they weren’t so why include them now? Last but not least, those who did not vote were mentioned. Again I suggest you cannot say dragging them out would have changed things. Within the legal framework of the vote held in a Country recognised as a democracy the vote still went in favour of the Brexiteers even if just by a million. A democracy is one where the majority win, even by just one vote. Please just suck it up and get on with making sure the country weathers any storms. Save yourselves for the next battle. If Bremain had won we’d have had to grit our teeth and carried on. A lot is starting to sound like sour grapes now rather than considered opinion.
In conclusion ( to cheers no doubt). This week I saw part of a news programme that showed some Polish people who had returned home sure they were no longer welcome here and labelled as benefit scroungers. This is a sign that people are grabbing onto to show we have adopted a policy of containment and are now xenophobic. I want to say I have known many Polish People. They have all been hardworking and not in the least workshy. Britain has a long tradition of welcoming Poles to the UK and for me nothing has changed. The Brexiteers will have to accept that our Hotels and Hospitals are going to need the movement of people to cover jobs that it seems we are reluctant to fill ourselves and that we must adopt a policy of protection for their working hours and their pay which are in the Human Rights Act currently. Things may not be too different after all.