All day, every day all we hear about in the political debates is continuous re-runs of the EU Referendum that was held on June 23rd, 2016 and though there are some that will not accept that, the reality of the matter is, yes it did happen, yes Remain lost, yes you do need to get over it or get over there to be the good EU citizen you seem so desperate to be. I, like quite a lot of people, are now fed up with arguing with the Remain camp who simply will never accept the democratic decision made, even if we held 100 referendums on the issue. That is an unarguable fact.
Facts seem very short in supply in the Brexit argument and there are some very strange argument flying around that often make me look at people and wonder if they actually believe what they say or are they just on a windup for the sake of it. The Customs Union and Single Market is a popular one, UK is leaving the EU, leaving the Customs Union and Leaving the Single Market, that has been clearly started by all senior figures involved in the exit negotiations on both sides. What is there not to understand in that? The real truth of the matter is it was our decision to leave both CU and SM and there are none EU countries out there that are in one or the other without being members of the EU. Personally, I think that once we leave and have access to the Single Market we will be classed as being in it, much like we are in WTO but it really is a pointless argument that is being branded about left, right and centre. The other one that keeps echoing around is financial services and how our GDP depends on it, for some reason there are some that fail to realise that even in the worst case scenario we would lose access to 27 states of the EU but gain access to a market of 163 other countries worldwide and the real beauty of financial services is that face it is all done electronically, so the world is a very small place in regards to that particular market. There are certainly no Horses of the Apocalypse heading to the UK in that quarter and we will do exceptionally better in that field once we have left the EU.
The problem is all the nonsense arguments that are being thrown around are simply making people fed up with hearing about Brexit and even the vast majority of Remainers now wish we would just get on with it, get out and get on with the job at hand, securing our place on the world stage in a Britain after Brexit. Isn’t it time to simply ignore the doomsayers now, there really isn’t very much anyone outside of government can really do to influence things and that has been the case ever since Article 50 was invoked. Isn’t now the time when all parties not in government should be planning for ‘Britain After Brexit’, building up their parties ready for when we do finally leave. Local elections will be held in May 2018 and I do strongly expect to see a massive resurgence of the LibDems in those elections because they are not wasting all their time and effort on arguing about Brexit, they are out knocking on doors talking to people about local issues that actually concern them and by doing so they have been winning seats right across the country. Only last night (18/01/2018) the won a council seat and took 77% of the vote, admittedly it only had LibDem and Tory candidates but if you look at the by-election results of the past 12 months, Libdems have been winning far more than any other party. This is because Lab/Con/UKIP have all been busy squabbling about Brexit and people are simply fed up with it.
I am not saying do not hold demonstrations to show the government that people still want Brexit but organise them properly, otherwise, you end up doing what happened on 13th/14th Jan and all you actually end up demonstrating is not many people are that interested. I do not think multiple demonstrations held across the country work and they should be cross-party events not non-partisan, all political parties need to get out there, nail their flags to the mast and show where they stand. Non-partisan events only dilute politics and make people disenfranchised with politics again. IMHO.
ENGAGE is now fully registered in both GB and NI and we are concentrating our efforts on Britain After Brexit, currently working on building up our regional branches right across the UK and I strongly suggest all others do the same because once we leave the EU the pressure will need to be on government more than ever before, remember our politicians have been nothing but middlemen for the EU for the past 44 years. Once we are back to be a self-governing country we will be able to influence change for the better far easier than we could whilst members of the EU but that will only happen if we are organised. So regardless of what party you belong to, get behind your party and get ready to start making a real difference in British politics. Otherwise, we will only end up changing one dictatorship for another…
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