Monday, 7 December 2020

Britain has a bright future - deal or no deal

Back in 2016 I campaign in the EU Referendum for Remain.

Democracy is nothing without loser's consent, and when you lose as I did you must accept the winner's proposition. It was clear from the 24th of June 2016 that we must leave the European Union.

In campaigning to Remain I thought that Britain would be better off staying in the EU. But I believe in the wisdom of the masses and I can honestly say that I have never, before or since, hoped more that I was wrong.

Over four years later the United Kingdom has left the European Union and I fervently hope that collectively we can make our future  as an independent nation work. That's certainly what I, in my very small way, will be working for - it is what every other citizen of these islands should be doing too.

Of course with less than four weeks until the end of the transition period we are waiting for news of a future trading agreement with the EU.

An agreement with our nearest geographic partners would be preferable. But not at any cost.

The British Government has set out its red lines and broadly speaking they all relate to sovreignty. The Brexit that people voted for is one in which our nation is free to set its own course, being tied indefinitely to a foreign rule book doesn't fulfil that promise as desirable as that may be in the short term.

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Walking away from negotiations into No Deal isn't preferable, but it isn't the end of the world either.

Having gone from campaigning for Remain I'm confident that the United Kingdom has a bright future ahead of it. It's not worth compromising that future for the hurried want of a trading agreement.