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We remain unconvinced by Brexit

Written by Jon Danzig

 

‘Leave’ campaigners keep telling ‘Remainers’ that we lost; forget it; suck-up and move-on. But wouldn’t that be so convenient for the Leave campaign?

Just as they have their biggest challenge of all: to prove to the nation that Brexit will work.

So far, nobody, absolutely nobody, knows what Brexit means or entails. None of us have a clue. The only plan Vote Leave had was just that: to leave. They didn’t know what would, should or could happen next. They had no blueprint for Brexit.

We were warned by David Cameron (remember him?) that Brexit would be a ‘leap into the dark’. All of us are still in the dark.

Maybe we can understand why the ‘Leavers’ keep telling us ‘Remainers’ to go away, shut up and stop complaining. It’s because ‘Leave’ campaigners know that they got away with selling the nation a box labelled ‘Brexit’ – but now they are struggling to explain exactly what’s inside that box.

Where’s the instruction manual for Brexit? Where’s the guarantee? And who do we go to for a refund if Brexit doesn’t work?

Of course Remain campaigners shouldn’t give up. Quite the opposite.

We need to scrutinise and hold to account the product claims and promises by the Leave campaign. They still have to prove to us that Britain and Britons will be better-off if by abandoning our 43-year relationship with the European Community, which in the main has been good for Britain.

If the Leave campaigners and politicians can’t explain Brexit, why should we accept it?

And if they do eventually give us their detailed Brexit plan, and we have second-thoughts, we should have a legitimate and democratic opportunity to say:

‘No! We didn’t realise that’s what you meant and we don’t want it after all. We want our country back – the one we had before 23 June 2016’

So here’s a message for the Leave campaigners. We know what membership of the EU is like, good and bad.

But we have no idea what Brexit means, good or bad.

Now, you have to prove Brexit, to all of us. Not just half the nation. But all of the nation, and all the nations of the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland that don’t want Brexit.

And all the cities and towns of the nation, including London, Cambridge, Norwich, Brighton and others that don’t want Brexit.

Tell us clearly, and comprehensively, what Brexit really means.

And if you are seriously convinced by Brexit, then have the courage and conviction to present your comprehensive Brexit plans to the nation so we can vote on them.

Isn’t that fair?

Do you really think we should buy your box called ‘Brexit’ without knowing what’s inside before we shake hands on the deal?

You need to prove to us that the box, along with your promises, aren’t empty.

In the meantime, we remain unconvinced by Brexit. And until such time as the ‘Leavers’ can prove their plans, we will continue to shine a light on the Reasons2Remain in the EU.

 

Jon Danzig is an award winning medical and investigative journalist, formerly at the BBC. He specializes in writing about health, human rights and the European Union. More at: www.jondanzig.com

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21 Comments

  • my word you lot are pathetic. There was a vote and in the lead up campaign both sides lied so don’t insult us all with that card, you lost and as its a democracy you have a choice stay and contribute to a UK out of the EU or leave and go and live in the EU. If I may address some of the absurdities as I see them.
    1) our defence is used on Nato not the EU , during the first gulf war Belgium refused to sell the UK ammunition.
    2) Our security is considerably enhanced by having control of our own borders , ask the people of Paris, Madrid and Brussels if they feel having open borders has helped protect them.
    3) As regards skilled workers it is patently nonsense to suggest leaving the EU will effect this since the vast majority of migration was unskilled workers .
    4) The falling pound is better for exports so it is not a one way street , the pound is already recovering.

    Quite why you all think that paying nett 9 billion pounds to be controlled by unelected , corrupt halfwits leading a rotting corpse is attractive is beyond me .
    We are the fifth largest economy on earth , we gave the world magna carta , parliamentary democracy and we have always been steadfast in our support of our allies. So my message to you is grow up , grow a backbone and stay or if not leave.

  • Let’s face it…we’re all being played….pawns in a political game – where everyone else has their own agenda. None of the 48% are even being recognised as having a right to decide their own future! The leavers were hoodwinked by a group of rich, egotistical self centred politicians…7 % of whom allegedly regret it and for many others their impoverished status was emotionally exploited by people with no integrity whatsoever! Either way we’ve all been thrown to the wolves…and there is no truth in a game of thrones analogy cos there are no dragons in parliament-certainly no fire breathing ones …more like bloody Barney!!!! Truly pitiful!!!

  • Brexiteers promise Jam tomorrow, let’s just hope that with the falling pound we can still afford the sugar or we will all be left with a very sour taste in our mouths !!

  • Arguably the most important point of all is that of preventing the horrendous calamities of a massive war experienced in Europe within the last 80 years. The best guarantee is to stick together as a unit to maintain peace and security. A war costs a vast amount more than that of any possible financial benefits of being out of the EU, never mind the catastrophic loss of lives and misery caused. Do people just want to block this aspect out of their minds or do they so selfish as to not care a fig?

  • Chatting yesterday with someone who worked in Brussels in departments dealing with financial and commercial regulation I learned that not only was the tasks of disentangling the EU bits of the regs from the British going to be horrendously complicated (and we have nothing like the number of skilled people it will need) but that much of the EU regulations were originally drawn up by the UK (we were known to be rather good at it) before they were put into the EU blender. Sounds like a job on a par with unbaking a cake and equally pointless

  • As far as I’m aware we were offered a two boxes
    1) Remain – ‘we know it’s crap and needs reform and we intend to reform it’ (but with no definitive plan on how to achieve reform or what reform would look like)
    2) Leave – ‘we know it’s crap and it’s un-reformable’ (but with no definitive plan on an exit strategy/replacement)

  • To question a BREXITEER on the referendum I have been called ‘unpatriotic’ of course I am not a nationalist, I believe I have a right to know why, but have not had an intelligent response, rather like the referendum.

    • As far as I’m aware we were offered a two boxes

      1) Remain – ‘we know it’s crap and needs reform and we intend to reform it’ (but with no definitive plan on how to achieve reform or what reform would look like)
      2) Leave – ‘we know it’s crap and it’s un-reformable’ (but with no definitive plan on an exit strategy/replacement)

  • As all the mouthpieces from the so called called brexit camp have suddenly and despicably vanished, would be excellent if someone from them gave us a clue as to what happens next, I stead of this infantile crowing about having won, even though it was so very narroway.

  • Here’s an analogy you may find useful: saying “We won, you lost, shut up and suck it up” is like complaining to the person whom you boxed on the nose in the street and stole his briefcase when he goes to the police station.

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Jon Danzig

Jon Danzig is an award winning medical and investigative journalist, formerly at the BBC. He specializes in writing about health, human rights and the European Union. More at: www.jondanzig.com