I made a promise to myself after the vote to keep on fighting against something I believe will be a disaster, and take the country backwards. To those who say this would undermine democracy, as i have said in previous posts; no ones gives up, shuts up and stops opposing after an election, so why should I now on something way more important that will have wide ranging effects for many years?
I will go back to a few major reasons for resisting and opposing the result of this referendum:
- The uncertainty surrounding science research funding and attracting scientists and students to the UK since the result, with the UK’s world-leading position in these areas now being in jeopardy.
- The large projects EU funding has given us in Wales and Cornwall for example, with future funding not guaranteed by our governments.
- The EU is about peace and moving Europe on from a history of conflict, especially in the 20th century.
- The chance that Scotland, and possibly Northern Ireland could break away from the UK and remain in the EU, and border controls becoming an issue.
- The division the campaigning created with hostility, we now need to unite as a country and with our neighbours to sort out this mess!
I go back to the words of Winston Churchill, who was quoted recently by Guy Verhofstadt, the former leader of Belgium who will be a major force in the negotiations the UK has with the EU. On the 19th September 1946 Sir Winston Said;
“We must build a kind of United States of Europe.. The structure of the United States of Europe, if well and truly built, will be such as to make the material strength of a single state less important..
“If at first all the States of Europe are not willing or able to join the Union, we must nevertheless proceed to assemble and combine those who will and those who can.”
Guy Verhofstadt used his words to state;
“70 years ago in Zurich, Sir Winston Churchill made a vibrant plea for a United Europe. So, where are we now? Empty declarations, minimal collaboration and blame games have become the norm, fuelling nationalism, populism and discontent. It’s time to together tackle the challenges we face; it’s time to reinvent Europe.”
Some will say what about rioting/civil unrest if these ‘Leavers’ don’t feel their result was respected. I would say that if the economy takes a major dive; people lose their jobs as organisations move elsewhere; products and services become more expensive, could be much more of a disaster. We have no idea what the long term implications will be and those who say “things haven’t been that bad” have to remember we haven’t even triggered Article 50 and left yet.
The 52% of voters weren’t on the whole voting for UKIP, or readers of the Sun, Mail, Express etc, and came from all sections of the country. However in the words of Professor Michael Dougan; specialist in European Law from the University of Liverpool, they were lied to on an “industrial scale” by the leave campaign. These included the £350 million a week for the NHS, definitely cutting immigration on a large scale, and Turkey is just around the corner from joining the EU.
In the views of myself and many on the Remain side this vote shouldn’t have happened, and David Cameron will be known as the Prime Minister who took a massive gamble and lost. The other 27 other EU countries won’t give us a great deal that members of the Conservative government still hold onto, and the new PM Theresa May and others saying “there will not be a running commentary of the negotiations” isn’t possible as they be will leaked, highly scrutinised, greatly analysed and if not covered by our media will be picked up elsewhere.
There may be a long and tough road ahead, but I’m not about to give up on something that has taken many years to build and cast ourselves away from our neighbours. I strongly believe a united Europe, with all the benefits we have gained is the way forward, and any negatives can be worked on from within this union, and is something worth fighting for.