"THIS COUNCIL CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO HOLD A FURTHER REFERENDUM BEFORE EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION" - CLLR josh kingRead Now
I support a second referendum on leaving the European Union. Let me explain why.
When we were asked to vote on whether to remain or leave the European Union, we were told there were many possibilities for Brexit: remaining in the EEA, like Norway or like Switzerland, or in a different customs union, or with a trade deal similar to Canada – Canada plus plus.
The government would be able to negotiate trade deals; there would be many possibilities. Some even said it would be easy- the easiest of deals.
Now the government is seemingly negotiating for a hard Brexit out of the EEA, out of the single market and with no freedom of movement. And what will be the effect of any restrictive immigration policy on Bromley? Where jobs paying under £50K are not considered skilled. What will this mean for the NHS? Or the banking sector? Or IT? No one can be certain but it doesn’t seem positive. I think Bromley voters understood this when they voted for remain.
And what about the fairness of the referendum and the campaigns?
A few groups were not able to vote: unlike in the Scottish independence referendum.
In the Brexit referendum 16- and 17-year olds and European citizens in the UK could not vote - in many ways groups who will be most greatly affected by any Brexit.
Or what about two campaigns being fined by the Electoral Commission for breaking electoral law.
There were also serious allegations about manipulation and misrepresentations on social media by a foreign power and about payments to campaigns by foreign nationals.
And of course, I really ought to mention £350 million a week saving criticised by the UK Statistics Authority and many other analysts.
We’ve also seen that the government can’t agree what to do amongst itself let alone the rest of its party. 6 ministers and 4 PPSs have resigned over Brexit. We now face the prospect of crashing out of the EU with no deal - not a prospect anyone put forward as a likely or favourable outcome.
When the electorate voted 52: 48% this wasn’t the prospect they were sold.
Surely the public should be consulted again.
I support a second referendum – I know the Prime Minister has said there won’t be one but we’ve seen her change her mind before and she should again!