Is it time to take a leaf out of Nigel Farage’s book to force Rejoin on to the political agenda?
Ian Dunt is right (“Time for this eerie silence to end”, TNE #222) that no party is currently advocating rejoining the EU. This puts those of us who campaigned for four years, or more, to remain, in a state of limbo. The logic is inescapable – if staying in was right then, the UK’s best place is still in the EU.
However, having left, rejoining will be more complicated. We have lost our rebate and, to rejoin, may find a condition is joining the euro. Those who want to rejoin will therefore have to contemplate proposing changes (reform) to EU structures, perhaps a federal system or confederation.
Should we learn from the Farage example – form a party that will not win elections but become such a pressure group that the main parties will have to take notice? Perhaps the time has come.
I agree with Ian Dunt that Brexit has become the political pariah of the opposition parties and it is almost akin to the title of Lionel Shriver’s famous book ‘We need to talk about Brexit’.
But as I write this, time is indeed running out with last ditch attempts to salvage a workable deal or admit defeat. This government I fancy, will pay a heavy price for a no-deal denouement and so they should. Boris Johnson has been far too long in the ideological thrall of the Eurosceptics, who would ransom this country for their very own specific and desperately short-sighted aims.
I really cannot begin to understand how we have come so far down the treacherous slope of isolationism and totally misguided sense of exceptionalism; look no further than ministers who still support this kamikaze action.
I still live in hope but if we do march out without a deal, please spare us the gloating expressions of Steve Baker, Peter Bone et al. I just couldn’t stomach it.
By the way thanks Jill Wheatley for your nice comments (Letters, TNE #222), they made my day and I hope I have hit the spot for you this time.
Judith A. Daniels
Full marks for Ian Dunt’s analysis in last weeks TNE – time for this eerie silence to end. Boris Johnson’s score card of ineptitude and evasion is under scrutiny in the media as never before.
At this critical time for the nation, Labour and the Lib Dems fatalistically shrug their shoulders and say we must learn to live with Brexit and hope we can restore ‘business as usual’.
It simply isn’t good enough. More than ever, we need a coherent opposition alliance that offers an inspiring agenda, focused on campaigning for a complete overhaul of our failing politics. Britain’s first past the post system denies fair electoral representation. An unrepresentative upper House and a devalued Honours system, tax havens and speculator-driven financial markets have all failed Britain.
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