Andy Martin on struggling to understand why some Leavers want a No-Deal Brexit at any cost, regardless of the consequences for the country.

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First published in July 2019.

When I voted to leave the European Union in 2016, I did it because I genuinely thought it would be in the best interests of our country.

I believed there would be more money for the NHS, I believed that the country would be better off, I believed we would be able to form better trade deals, I believed that the EU was holding us back. I didn’t understand all the facts.

But now I do.

And what I can’t seem to get out of my head is the extreme from the Leave side of things, the whole No-Deal thing... It is extreme; it is crazy; it is just madness!

It has gone into a β€œWe want what we voted for, at any cost…” and surely – as someone who voted to leave – you want what is best for your country, regardless whether it is Leave or Remain. You surely want what is best. So, surely you take a step back. I am struggling to understand the mentality behind this extreme.

The Remain side has its extreme too, to revoke the Article 50 option. But to revoke the Article 50 option is a sensible option at this point. It is the sensible thing to do.

The logical thing to do – probably the fair thing to do, now that we have all the facts – would be to have a second referendum. It is the fair thing to do. All the facts are out there.

If someone could explain the extreme to me of β€œGive us what we want, regardless of the consequences…” because I don’t get it.

I voted Leave because I wanted what was best for my country, and it turns out what is best for my country is not what I voted for. So, I changed my mind.πŸ”·

Andy Martin. / Twitter - @AndyMartin1175

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(Cover: Andy Martin.)