Why didn’t Remain get a catchy little moniker that was attached to the Leave campaign? The entire issue has been reduced to the portmanteau ‘Brexit’ – even before voting we were bombarded with media coverage promoting the idea of Brexit; a not-so-subtle attempt to normalise the idea of voting leave.
Why were most MPs previously opposed to the idea of leaving, then so determined that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ once the referendum results came in? The fact that more people voted to remain than voted in the Tories in the general election seems to have gone under the radar. The fact that many leave voters were doing so on the basis of lies and impossible promises and have now changed their minds also appears swept under the carpet.
Why is this happening? Why aren’t MPs – mandated to look after our best interests – heading blindly towards a scenario that is going to be economic carnage for the majority of Brits? It *has* to be about money. There are some clues – one hedge fund manager made £220million betting on the outcome of the referendum by shorting on property companies and moving his funds into gold (which shot up in value as the pound plummeted). Many others continue to profit from the ongoing choppiness of the markets.
The recent triumph (albeit possibly just temporary) for the Remainers in the High Court ruling parliament must vote on triggering article 50 is a decision the government are now appealing. Ironic that May is determined to uphold the misplaced votes of many in opting to leave the EU but is attempting to overturn the court’s decision.
Does this mean people power can trump the legal system now? If enough of us vote to lock up the cast of TOWIE with no particular legal reason then the government will make it happen? Don’t forget this is a country that twice voted a dog as Britain’s ‘most talented’. We aren’t responsible enough and too easily manipulated by the media to make decisions on long term foreign policy.
Instead, our MPs, those that we chose to represent us, are charged with making important decisions about our future where we don’t have all the information or the requisite intelligence (supposedly) to make these choices ourselves.
We can see the damage caused already by the referendum and it will only get worse. Just this week a leading ratings agency is preparing to further downgrade the UK’s rating as it warns of a bleak outlook for the economy.
The High Court ruling that requires MPs to now vote on triggering article 50 (as long as it’s not overturned at appeal) gives all sane Brits the opportunity to lobby your local MP to vote against pulling the trigger.
Make sure you contact your local MP and ask them to vote against article 50 and campaign to remain in the EU, or at least for a second referendum once we know the terms on which we would leave. We need MPs to realise that the public vote was tainted and what was promised is not what is deliverable. It’s time the politicians stood up and did something useful.