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How do Local People React to a Say on the Terms of Brexit?

August 15, 2018 10:14 AM
By Tristan Ward

"Not another one!" said Brenda of Bristol. We understand. But ultimately, a final say for the people would be accepted by the people of Sevenoaks, Swanley and our villages.

Lib Dems, and cross party campaigners of 'Together In Europe', here have asked them and a majority, including some who voted Leave, say they want it Here's why.

Nothing prevents another vote. As Jacob Rees-Mogg told Parliament in 2011, "it might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed." Or as Nigel Farage said, a narrow victory would be "unfinished business". Or David Davis - "If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy".

Britain is not united. The Prime Minister is powerless, her only strategy is to keep the Tory party in government. Labour cannot oppose or support anything. Parliament and Government are split. Meanwhile the 2016 campaign becomes increasingly suspect as more allegations of cheating are substantiated.

City business, like Jacob Rees-Mogg's money managers, relocate to Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin, or Luxembourg. We stockpile food and medicine, and are asked to accept that doctors will be less qualified. Kent's farmers see fruit unharvested, and Kent motorways will become lorry-parks. Councils plan for food shortages and civil unrest.

Leavers now say there can be no more voting. But Britain is not Venezuela, and voting is what democracies do. The people must give Parliament a clear direction. If Brexit is endorsed then the people have responsibility for their choice. And if the people decide, after a look at the reality of economic and political isolation that is Leave, that Britain should remain in the EU, the people have responsibility for that too.

Either way, a vote could prevent our country heading onto the rocks with no one at the wheel.

Tristan Ward is a former Liberal Democrat member of Sevenoaks District Council