RALLYING CALL FOR #FBPE
This is a thread for my fellow Remainers in the #fbpe movement. There were some threads yesterday which have caused upset and anger in our community and a shaking of people’s confidence. Well I awoke his morning with these thoughts on my mind and wanted to get them down on paper.
We have the privilege of having some excellent specialists in their fields fighting by our side, I thank each and every one of them. But it is by THEIR SIDE. They know the technocratic stuff and understand the legalities of treaties and trade deals. But all of that on it’s own is not what will get us a peoples vote and our personal opinions, worldview and knowledge and experience should hold equal weight when considering our own positions.
I am no specialist in a technical field, I know about my business, my EU27 family and friends, my staff, my British in Europe friends and my identity which was torn in half against my will on the 23rd June in 2016. I have not seen a single tweet, article or speech from an MP in two years which has shown me how Brexit is of benefit to our lives. I only see the benefits that are being ripped away from us. This has not changed.
We have fought for two years but not because of the complexities of customs arrangements and trade deals. It’s important for us to have people in our community giving us the specialist understanding and opinions and we need them. But what drives each and every one of us is a fundamental belief that a dreadful mistake has been made by the UK. We will all be demonstrably poorer in both money terms and more importantly in family and cultural terms. In human terms we are already poorer.
Norway, EEA, all those compromise positions which if adopted early as a goal by government may well have stopped our movement from growing in the first place were thrown out FROM THE START. Pilar Gomez from Chester tweeting IN 2016/2017 made ZERO difference to that position taken by government. The Remain movement has literally been ignored and is only now due to our stubbornness finally getting traction and MPs are starting to move and back us. Why only recently?
Well because it is now clear to the everyone there was no plan. Let me say that again. THERE WAS NO PLAN. Leavers voted for a NON-EXISTENT PROPOSITION. Govt have had 2 years to lay out a leave proposition but they are as divided as they were in the beginning and have come up with a choice between fudge and no deal. It was government who publicised that no deal was a distinct possibility not the Remain movement. It was government assessments which discovered we will be poorer not remainers.
Fellow #fbpe, I refuse to take any responsibility for this shambles created by politicians and I urge you to think hard for yourselves before you lose your confidence in our movement. Our campaigning did not lead Parliament to find themselves in this insane position, it has simply cast a huge magnifying glass on the continuing splits, errors and inconsistency of Brexit and its drivers. Brexit simply cannot work in a way which will leave us in a better position than our already excellent position as equal members of the EU.
In my opinion ultimately Brexit is damaging to our lives and no amount of fudge will hide that, no amount of negotiating will square the circle without setting the economy back. It won’t in my opinion be a sudden overnight decline even in no deal scenario though clearly that will bring major immediate practical problems. The decline will be slow – a drip drip drip of jobs moving, small companies closing down because they can no longer get the return they used to. A continuing weak pound. A vulnerability to the right taking over and reducing our standards and rights in order for them to profit from our decline.
I don’t believe another year of actual negotiations with the EU would make things any better. All the obvious compromise positions have been thrown out by government. They have left themselves literally nowhere to go. In my opinion we do need an extension to the A50 so that we can run an unhurried thorough and well explored Peoples Vote on the proposition that will come before us by government – DEAL/NODEAL/REMAIN but we need to secure the promise of one by Parliament before Brexit day.
So I say this. Forget the wobblers and the people who we think let us down yesterday. We are not responsible for this insanity we are the magnifiers and we hold Leavers and Government and Opposition to account for their promises and their lies and their obfuscation. We shine a light on their inconsistencies and ulterior self serving motives. I for one will not let self-doubt get in the way of protecting my people and the amazing #fbpe people and Peoples Vote street campaigners who inspire me every single day to fight again.