I wasn’t being serious there, just observing that it has seemed to have rained on most days since the referendum on the 23rd June. I know makes me sound gloomy to some, but personally i feel so far nothing positive has come from the ‘leave’ result.
A worrying aspect since the announcement of the 51.9% slight majority for leave has been the division shown up across the country, with hate crimes and insults shown to be massively on the rise. Even families have had split views on which way they voted. These divisions need to be healed somehow if we are to move forward in a positive direction, although I feel both major parties are in turmoil with the conservative party holding it’s leadership contest, and Labour not united on their own leader.
Two of the main players of the leave campaign; Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, also have taken a step back after winning the vote, and have been criticised by many for not having a plan for what comes next. I have seen them also described them as “rats leaving a sinking ship”, as do they know that we are in big trouble now? and can’t cope with the responsibility moving forward. Theresa May, one of the conservative leadership contenders has also worryingly not been clear on the future of EU nationals living in the UK, with people’s lives not something you should be bargaining with in future negotiations in my opinion.
Professor Michael Dougan, the leading EU lawyer whose criticism of the referendum campaign’s “industrial dishonesty” went viral, has assessed the UK’s position following the vote to leave the EU in a new video from last week.
He says that this is now a “political crisis that needs a political solution” and that the Government has a “constitutional responsibility to protect the national interest”, with Parliament the ultimate decision-maker on whether the UK follows through and leaves the European Union. I have put his video from last Friday here:
There has been talk of the legality of the result, with it being non-binding and advisory, although that could undermine democracy, as a vote was given. A law firm; Mishcon de Reya is also taking action to ensure the formal process for the UK leaving the EU is not started without an act of Parliament.
I also worry about the future of scientific research in the UK in regards to funding, as a major contributor to the UK economy, but it stands to be the greatest loser from this result. The Astronaut Tim Peake who recently returned from the International Space Station was quoted in the guardian saying:
“We have to make sure we don’t harm ourselves in areas where the EU was particularly good for us. I don’t want to see scientists being punished, and this having negative effects on our science. These are important areas for us to focus on now.”
Any negotiations ahead should protect UK science research as there are signs that UK organisations are already missing out on EU science collaborations because their future involvement cannot be guaranteed.
As I said in my last post if things turn out well in a couple of months or years I will hold my hands up and say I was wrong, but currently I can’t see a positive way forward from leaving the EU. The divisions that have been shown up also need to healed with strong political leadership, which is definitely lacking right now. So much for the rhetoric ‘Take Back Control’, which to me seems a long way away.