Someone called TIXERB has started a petition called ‘Pause BREXIT, EU reform for all members, second UK referendum’ which currently has just over 350 signatures.

I’d like to comment on some of the suggestions made in the petition.

 

Whilst 52% of those voting wanted to leave the EU, the 71% turnout does NOT give them a mandate to trample on the hopes of those who voted to remain.

Would the petition organisers prefer to trample on the hopes of the 52% who voted to leave? With a binary question, half of those who voted – the minority – will have their hopes dashed. It’s unfortunate but that’s the result of an ‘either/or’ question.

 

The people of the UK and EU should demand a pause to reflect and understand what Brexit actually means to EVERYONE and how it will affect not just Europe, but the rest of the world in terms of stability, and prosperity for future generations.

The problem with Brexit is that nobody actually knows what it will mean. The Remainers promoted ‘Project Fear’ in the run up to the referendum but many of the dire consequences of voting to leave simply haven’t happened.

Not only are the results of Brexit unknown to us, they are unknown to Europe and the rest of the world. If we pause Brexit, how are we going to find out what the results will be? We British are a strong and courageous people; whatever happens after Brexit we will survive – if we can survive two World Wars, we can certainly survive Brexit and there is a chance, and a very good chance, that we will come out of this process stronger, richer and more independent.

 

The last few weeks have highlighted the dishonest information the LEAVE campaign peddled during the referendum. There has been an increase in racial assault and intolerance, Sterling is worth substantially less, food prices and inflation are rising, and the UK, instead of being a leader within the EU is being marginalised. Britain also risks internal fragmentation.

I wonder what ‘dishonest information’ was peddled by the Leave campaign during the referendum campaign. Has there really been an increase in racial assault? And if there has, how can this be tied to Brexit? There is no doubt that Sterling has slipped in the money markets but many of the financial pundits tell us Sterling was overvalued anyway. Add to that the fact that with cheaper Sterling, our exports are growing – did the instigator of this petition realise that?

I love the bit about the UK being a leader within the EU! We were never a leader in the EU; every suggestion we put forward was voted down by the hierarchy, we were treated as a money pit from day one and were told how much money to hand over and what we could do and not do. If we had been a leader within the EU we would have had much more chance of doing something about the extravagances it perpetrated. We couldn’t.

And as for ‘internal fragmentation’, the only people who are threatening to fragment our country are those who insist on trying to overturn the result of the referendum and thwart the democratic will of the people.

 

The most alarming revelation is that Brexit leaders and UK government had no idea what withdrawing from the EU would mean in practice. There were no plans in place for that eventuality and insufficient experienced negotiators to even begin the process. The government is moving towards Brexit without proper democratic scrutiny of any proposed terms. If there is ‘Hard Brexit’ it is clear that the marginalised and disaffected voters who were persuaded to vote to leave, will be those who will suffer most.

This is true – as stated above, nobody actually knows what will happen, so there’s no point in considering it. Perhaps the instigator of this petition suggests the government should have hired a negotiator experienced in withdrawing from the EU. Err, is there such a person?

The government is moving towards Brexit with as clear an idea as possible about the future and I’m sure that the scrutiny of the terms is being undertaken now. Surely that is the reason for the delay in negotiations – to ensure proper scrutiny.

As far as ‘democratic’ scrutiny is concerned, would the instigator of this petition like to have every single item put to a referendum? We’d be here for the next 100 years (perhaps that’s what they want!).

They claim that the ‘marginalised and disaffected voters who were persuaded to vote leave’ will be those who will suffer most in a hard Brexit. Where do they get that idea from? It is so easy to make allegations like this without even the hint of any evidence that would back up those claims. If such claims are ‘clear’, let’s see the evidence.

 

The triggering of Article 50 should be put on hold. This would enable the EU to make a commitment to substantial reforms which bring benefits to all without requiring any country to surrender its own destiny or suffering a diminution of identity and culture. The terms of this new agreement can then be put to the British people in a further Referendum, so that unlike the previous vote, people can decide what is in our best interests ON THE FACTS, as opposed to inaccurate claims made by political leaders.

The triggering of Article 50 should NOT be put on hold. And as for the EU ‘making a commitment to substantial reforms’ I would suggest that the possibility of this is somewhere between slim and nil. The bloc has had decades to reform and the only reforms it has made is to tighten it’s stranglehold on its member states.

And finally, on the assumption that the EU will actually improve, ‘the terms of this new agreement can then be put to the British people in a further referendum’. Once again, if Article 50 is put on hold, the bloc has no incentive to reform because it knows that once it does, the billions of pounds that we pour into its coffers will cease, either by adjusting our contributions or by our withdrawal.

 

Please sign our EU wide petition to make this happen; it is open to all EU citizens.

What have other EU citizens got to do with whether or not we Brits stay or leave? Surely it’s up to us.

Sign if you want to – the petition is on the government’s website. I won’t.

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