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Another way out of the Brexit mess

I have never been on an aeroplane and I do not have a passport, but think of myself as a European. I am also a patriotic Englishman and I love the country in which I was born. My father came here at the age of seven with a sun-darkened skin and speaking with a Greek accent. He was born in Smyrna in 1922. His life, and those of his parents, and my mother’s parents, and my partner’s grandparents were all scarred and disrupted by war and conflict, the consequences of which still reverberate in our lives today.

And now my country has embarked upon a course which could have terrible repercussions for new generations to come. Our government, if that is what it is, appears to have no consistent strategy and no realistic vision of the future. Theresa May, like Donald Trump, shamelessly argues that black is white, and an hour later that white is black, and gets away with it. How can this be! Partly it is because there is no opposition in the Commons worthy of the name: Harold Wilson, Roy Jenkins, Dennis Healey, Jim Callaghan and Ted Heath would have eviscerated the third raters who now sit on the government benches in a matter of hours. But it is also because there seems to be no plausible way out of the situation the referendum landed us in.

I was on the People’s March, but I don’t support the Party’s policy of a  referendum on the deal. Leaving aside Justine Greening’s absurd proposal for three options, if a second referendum again supported Leave it would at least settle the matter, but although a Remain vote would ameliorate the economic disaster that will otherwise afflict this country it would deepen the divisions that the referendum created and poison our political system for decades to come.

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  • User Avatarmatt 18th Mar - 4:57pm
    @Mark We were told that a vote to leave would mean leaving the single market and leaving the customs union. We were told we would...
  • User AvatarMark Valladares 18th Mar - 4:47pm
    @ Matt, It’s not clear to me that, even were it to be the current will of the people that we should leave, that a...
  • User AvatarAndrew Brown 18th Mar - 4:42pm
    If we're now staring at the prospect of a crash Brexit, we must move to revoke Article 50. Parliament can then consider the best way...
  • User AvatarPaul Barker 18th Mar - 4:41pm
    So far, May hasn't even asked for a delay. With only 11 days before we crash out we have to make it clear that its...
  • User Avatarmatt 18th Mar - 4:41pm
    Quite simple. Democracy should prevail and we should now leave with No deal to honour the referendum result.
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 18th Mar - 4:38pm
    This means that the only options which are in the power of the UK -- rather than something to be granted at a whim of...