It is undeniably a difficult path to tread attempting to comment on the People’s Vote. Put simply there are two sides to the argument and they are polarising; either stay or go. Those who wanted to leave the EU and those who wanted to remain; neither side gives any quarter.
The ‘Leavers’ will tell you that the people have already voted, the ‘Remainers’ will tell you that the vote was misleading, that people were misinformed and that once we fully know what Brexit actually entails then at that point there should be another vote. Or, perhaps, best not to describe it as another vote, but a new vote; a vote on the terms of the final Deal. The Leavers will tell you that it is only the Remainers that want a new vote (unsurprisingly) and that this would be undemocratic.
The Remainers accuse the ‘people’ of being misinformed, but what they mean is; the ‘people’ who voted to leave were misinformed. Surely we are all misinformed by politicians some of the time, they change their minds, they change sides and they make poor decisions.
You only have to look at history to see catastrophic political decisions that the ‘People’ had no say in. Sure, we can vote after the event and attempt to change things but that cannot help the current situation for those who want to remain. Perhaps they can take some comfort from the fact that the ‘People’ did, at least, actually get to vote and make this decision; whether it was the correct one or the wrong one. The real frustration now is the lack of urgency to reach a comprehensive Deal on the exit of the UK from the EU. It is proving to be anything but democratic. The EU are taking advantage of the UK’s parliamentary squabbling, political weaknesses and Brexit negotiations are stalling.
There may be some truth in the view that having voted for Brexit, the UK should have stopped arguing about the result of the vote and both sides combined forces to achieve the best possible Deal for the UK. Are we in danger of failing to respect democracy because some feel the vote was unfair, misleading and a pathway to economic and social recession ?
If we reach an agreement with the EU and it is then put to the ‘People’, what would that vote entail? Accept the Deal; or reject it and leave with No Deal. Or are those calling for a vote on the final Deal really campaigning for the overturn of the original referendum result; with a new vote on Brexit ‘Yes or No’. If so when would this take place; surely not before 30 March 2019 and the UK’s departure from the EU.
If there is a second vote and Brexit is ‘undone’ and Article 50 revoked; will the ‘People’ happily accept the Euro and further integration in the EU under the ‘four freedoms’ (free movement of goods, capital, services, and labour).
Maybe this is a good thing, maybe not. You may now have changed your mind and regret voting to ‘leave’. You may be happier than ever; you may be outraged. One thing is for sure, something that effects all of us is happening and its happening soon. We need to be better informed. Collectively we can resolve problems. As a divided nation we create new problems and solve less.