These are the results of the referendum. It was close. The population of Britain is 60 million. 46,500,000 were entitled to vote. 17,410,742 voted us out.
What does that all mean?
Remain: 16,141,241 (48.1%)
Leave: 17,410,742 (51.9%)
Total Electorate: 46,500,001
Well under half of those who were eligible to vote voted out.
Just over half of those who voted wanted us out for a number of reasons – terrorism, immigration, sovereignty, hatred of EU, economy, protest against establishment, bureaucracy, undemocratic aspects of EU, loss of hope, more trade with the rest of the world.
Just under half wanted us to stay in – collaboration with EU, multiculturalism, economic prosperity, fighting terrorism and crime, environmental collaboration, outward looking, caring, more global perspective, bigger part in the world, compassion.
Since the referendum there has been an upsurge in nationalism and hate crime. The pound has dived putting petrol and other prices up and there has been a lot of division and belligerence. The worst economic shock will come if we actually leave. As a vociferous remainer I have had to put up with abuse – being described as a whinging remoaner or remainder and as being undemocratic. Well that’s alright. I am not only moaning I am furious and in despair of my country and what it is becoming. I do not like nationalism, isolationism or xenophobia or right-wing politics, and despise the licence it has given to that small element of racist thugs who have abused people of colour or those stemming from the EU.
I am now looking to a dismal future if we do go ahead and pull out. The cost of Brexit looks to be in the region of £26-£46 Billion. That makes our £8.5 Billion contribution to the EU look a bargain. The result of Brexit looks to be years of restricted growth, austerity, job losses and public service cuts. You can bet that the ones at the top won’t suffer!! Worse than that is the fact that we now have an extreme right-wing government and an empowered xenophobic segment of the populace who are affecting the ethos of the country. The atmosphere is not pleasant.
I have always stood for a caring, tolerant, and compassionate society. That is what I continue to fight for.
I noted that Nigel Farage said, when he thought he was losing, that the battle would go on. It will – because it is the whole ethos of our country that is at stake. When we lost general elections we did not stop fighting for a return to a Labour government; we continued to fight for our principles. That is what is required – we have to stand up for what we believe.
For me I hope that there might be a way to prevent this looming disaster. Brexit will be a great blow to everything Britain stands for. I hate to see it become an insular, fear-ridden, hate-filled, isolated country living in a past that never existed. People soon forget the evils carried out in the name of Empire and the poverty, inequality and racism extant in the fifties and sixties. We’ve moved on and become much better than that.
My hope is that sanity prevails; that parliament and the people take a good hard look at the prospect of economic doom and social division that is looming (now that the lies have been exposed), and apply a democratic vote to keep us in.
There are far better ways of dealing with the undemocratic aspects of the EU, terrorism and mass migration. We don’t have to plunge the country into chaos, division and economic peril.
For now the government has to find a path through this turmoil and hatred. At present 50% of the population do not feel represented! There is no attempt to unite or find compromise – only a jubilant crowing from the arrogant Brexiteers who belligerently, cheered on by the likes of the Mail, Express and Telegraph, bellow every time someone raises an objection to this suicide note.
A tolerant, compassionate and caring ethos is one worth fighting for! You can hurl abuse all you like but I’m sticking to my principles! I’m not moaning – I’m shouting my thoughts, feelings and beliefs! I want a fair world!!