Traditionally, at this point after a vote, Politicians start to mutter comments about “The will of the people”
I’m not going to.
Manifestly, the result of the EU referendum is not to our taste. However, I do not believe that it is to the taste of the voting public either – or at least, it won’t be once they’ve tasted the actual medicine that the Brexit campaign have prescribed.
The public have, throughout the EU referendum campaign, been systematically lied to, deceived and manipulated by the Brexit campaign. The warnings of the Remain campaign on the impact of leaving the EU were dismissed as “Project Fear” – and are already being proven horribly right, as the value of Sterling tumbles and the bleak reality of the economics of Brexit become apparent.
What we – as the only truly pro-EU party in the UK – must do now is to provide the public with opportunity to step back from the brink of Brexit. Once the British public see what the true consequences of the Brexit vote are, they’ll realise that they were sold a fantasy, and want a way back to a realistic, prosperous future.
As Liberals, we must provide that way back. Because nobody else will. Because nobody else *can*. And because somebody *must*.
* Alisdair Calder McGregor was Candidate for Calder Valley in 2015 and is a member of the party's Federal Policy Committee