‘…he who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself’: The Tories crawling in the way of progress.

The way the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU has been handled from inception has been an indisputable shambles. It has also been a massive wasted opportunity.
  1. There are clearly a lot of people who have felt excluded from the benefits of Britain’s EU membership. As much as that flies in the face of people who want to Remain, it’s clearly evident from the sheer scale of sentiment expressed during the referendum and from its result.
  2. Discontentment is not just here in Britain. EU membership has not been working for a lot of people in a lot of countries.
  3. The campaigns for the referendum were polarising and provocative because those campaigning did not take the matter seriously. No one, on either side believed that people would vote to Leave, so felt no responsibility for the that outcome. Emotions were provoked and sensible debate was drowned out. People are still angry.
  4. When the result was delivered, Britain should have been able to turn to our European neighbours and use the opportunity to begin the discussions about how the EU can better serve all of the people, not just the few who have been benefiting under the current regime. We should have been able to approach the situation as grownups but, instead, it has been handled by children. Theresa May appointed Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.

Triggering Article 50 should be the point of Britain signalling that Britain needs a better relationship with our EU neighbours, it should be the starting point of discussions over how relationships within Europe can work better for all of its citizens and our European neighbours have as much to gain from those discussions as Britain. Triggering Article 50 should not be a bogeyman and our respective governments should be grown-up enough and competent enough to enter into discussions to improve the flaws of the regime. The Tories have royally screwed the pooch. There is no place for the sort of idiot of a ‘prime’ minister who starts negotiations by threatening that we’d better get a good deal ‘or else’. We have a government of irresponsible indulged children who are simply not as good as they would like us to believe. You only have to look at the state of the Tories’ White Paper to see what an utter shambles they are over this.

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