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The EU elections saw Nigel Farages Brexit Party absolutely smash it. They didn’t even exist a few weeks ago, yet they won the most votes and the most Members of the European Parliament.
However, the Liberal Democrats and The Green Party also did extremely well. Given that they are both staunch supporters of remaining in The EU, this only demonstrates precisely how polarized, as a country, we are.
The two ‘main’ parties, Conservative and Labour, both did extraordinarily badly. This, of course, emphasizes the disillusionment currently in ‘mainstream politics’.
A significant number of politicians are suggesting a ‘peoples vote’, or second referendum, on EU membership will unite the country.
This, clearly, is hogwash.
Just supposing the ‘remain’ side won this time – ‘this time’ being the operative point – then why would the ‘leave’ side accept the result? ‘Remain’ wouldn’t accept the 2016 result, so there is no reason why ‘leave’ should accept losing a second vote. Another referendum will merely make matters worse.
I suppose if there was another referendum and ‘leave’ won again, that might sort of help. ‘Remain’ would continue to be unhappy, but you can hardly lose twice and carry on insisting it mustn’t happen.
That result would, possibly, be a way forward but, ‘Remain’ winning wouldn’t actually help at all.
So, let us assume that a second referendum either won’t happen or, if it does, ‘remain’ win it.
None of that helps reunite the UK.
Just leave. Just leave and get it over with.
Yes, ‘Remain’ will be unhappy and the country will not reunite, but democracy, finally, will have been served.
Then, in three years – as in the three years the establishment have blocked Brexit – we can look at where we are.
If it has been disastrous, the ‘leave’ side will say “oops” and the country will reunite to rejoin – tail between legs yes, but, reunite they would, if only out of a sense of survival regarding those who had supported leaving.
On the other hand, if, after three years, we seemed to be doing fine, then those who wished to remain would be more likely to accept that we have left and, much to their surprise, we are doing fine.
Either way, the country would eventually unite again, quite simply because the fact of ‘disaster’ or ‘no problem’ would be staring everyone in the face.
What prevents us uniting is this interminable limbo our establishment have put us in while they try and fathom out how to either prevent Brexit, or only partially leave, thereby making it likelier we would rejoin as soon as they could get away with it.
In the case of ‘ordinary’ people, neither are undemocratic by nature. Yes, the remain side are upset that they lost and yes, they believe it would be catastrophic to leave, but a belief isn’t going to unite the country.
Only honoring the referendum result, waiting to see how we do, and then either carrying on if we are fine, or re-applying for membership if we’re up shit creek without a paddle will, ultimately, reunite The United Kingdom.
Just in case anybody rubbishes my thoughts here by the way, how about some constructive alternative then? Some constructive alternative that would actually reunite everybody – not immediately, that’s pie in the sky – but eventually.
This method of leaving the EU now would, eventually, reunite us – whether through disaster or success.
I can see no other way – apart from having a permanently disunited Kingdom in perpetuity.