Dan Warren on the concerns people have about their future post-Brexit and why Britain’s future is at stake.
A dragon roars as Brexiteers duel amongst themselves on the best way forward. A few sit drinking tea while the rest of the country burns. Some shout “we were promised unicorns and a magic wonderland”. Others stay in from the cold April feeling the lack of food and medicine. From the recent snow were we also becoming Narnia? Along with the cold, there are battles fought in a political sense. Talk of rebellion also brews. All that was missing was Aslan the lion to save us. Is spring on its way?
The real world comes back into focus. You would be forgiven for thinking a nightmare is where we are and heading into further. Brexit issues continue to dominate and consume Parliament’s decision making. If Brexit was a tower of Jenga, you could see Theresa May fighting to keep it toppling. Usedpreviously as an analogy for worries in the City of London’s finance sector. In reality, however, the City is just one block. Others could include: the Northern Irish Border, the NHS, the EU Withdrawal Bill, Immigration Reform, the European Court of Human Rights and Animal Rights. The list goes on as the tower gets taller and more unstable.
There are strong views on both sides of the debate. Lessthan two months to go unless drastic changes. Thoughts of a no-deal Brexit are terrifying for some. Evidence from many experts shows hits to the economy. Along with food and medicine shortages. Others have a strong feeling of frustration regarding the uncertainty. Some feel sick and tired that after two and half years we are no closer to their “prize”. Brexit brings out strong feelings in many up and down the country. There is no denying it.
Sharing concerns and facts about the future of the country isn’t scaremongering but a democratic right. There are those shouting we should get on it. Get on with what exactly? There are so many versions of Brexit. It could even be said to be over 17 million individual reasons if using the referendum figure.
The Irish border is a significant issue that was hardly mentioned before June 2016. Writing from Warrington with a bombing in 1993 it doesn’t seem more poignant. A border would break the Good Friday Agreement and could revive great tensions in Northern Ireland. Citizen rights both here and abroad were also not properly discussed twoyears and a half years ago.
Another poignant thought of peace was shared in Warrington recently. On a street stall campaigning for the People’s Vote, an older gent stopped by. He said, “I lived through the war, and anyone who sees a person burn to death in front of you in a crashed plane, it doesn’t matter if they’re English or German, you just want peace, and the EU has given us that for the last 70 years.”
Some may argue the EU didn’t exist 70 years ago. The process that led to it did, however. Winston Churchill gave a speech about a “United States of Europe”. The last half of the 20th century, and since, has been the longest stretch of peace overall Europe has known for many centuries.
The issue of leaving and how the UK goes about it won’t end on the 29 March. Whatever happens in the next few weeks the debate will continue. A hundred years ago the suffragettes didn’t give up their fight for the vote. The same could be said to those fighting for civil rights for all in the US, in the 1960s. Equal marriage and pride is a more recent example where debateover rights lasted many years.
The Parliament is in an impasse and unable to decide the kind of exit to take. Taking the deal or lack of one, back to the people may be the only way. The future is at stake. In years to come, this part of history will be viewed in horror. Books will be filled with empty promises and debates around “what were they all thinking?”🔷
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(This piece was originally published on Dan Warren’s blog. | The author writes in a personal capacity.)