Former Vote Leave Oliver Norgrove on being sick of being let down by hard-Brexiters and embarrassed by the situation the UK finds itself in.

I’m now at the stage where I think if we end up not leaving it’ll be a blessing. Let’s face it, my side just doesn’t deserve it.

I’m no Remainer, I still dislike the EU and consider it to be undemocratic from top to bottom. I won’t campaign for Remain. But I’m sick of being let down and embarrassed by all of this.

Also I’ve become very frustrated with myself for the lack of consideration I showed the Northern Ireland issue a few years ago. (More on this at a later date, but I think it’s actually symptomatic of something much wider than Brexit)

So, I can no longer commit publicly to being a Brexiter. I’ll follow the issue and give my 2 cents to anybody who might care about my opinion, where I can. But the pursuit for something I now consider unworkable is pointless. I refuse to be driven into madness by it all.

The UK had to, at some point, face up to this. But its political system just couldn’t cope. We fought the referendum like a general election, we triggered Article 50 without a plan, we never understood how the EU operated nor that Brexit wasn’t a standard negotiation.

It’s been self-deception on an almighty scale.

At one point I thought, naively, that I could stand as a better example for the Leave side, but I now realise that it’s hopeless. I’m never asked for input, the media cares only for those on the extreme. A recipe for disaster.

I’m quite furious tonight. With general events and with myself.

I might open a bottle.🔷

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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.)

(Cover: Dreamtime/Jnpmedia - Pro-Brexit protest with pro-Brexit posters and flags in Parliament Square, Westminster, London.)