I am a firm “Remainer”, I think that the referendum was flawed, and theat Brexit is the worst thing we can do as a nation to our prosperity, security and place in the world.
Sometimes, in dark moments, I wonder whether we should “just leave” with all the fall out that entails (including in NI). Heck, let’s make Rees-Mogg PM and Farage his deputy. At least that way the mob will know clearly who to go after.
However, whichever way you look at it Brexit has riven the UK, the nation is rudderless and leaderless
as the cabinent argue amongst themselves which of the options that the EU has already rejected they will take to Brussels and the Labour party is no better - the only reason it’s divisions over Brexit are not so sharply felt is that they are not in power. If they were it would be no better.
No matter which way we go from here some group will be unhappy. If we have a soft Brexit the Leavers will cry foul, if it goes badly they will say it was the result of a poor implementation, if it goes well they will complain we are still shackled to Europe and that it is Brexit in name only. None of the political divisions that we now face will be solved.
Chris Grey, amongst others, makes a cogent argument for another referendum but while it might provide clarity the vote will be close and probably leave lingering disatisfaction.
So, I am starting to wonder whether hard Brexit is truely the only route forward - if it all works out Remainers won’t like it but there will be no option but to accept that their fears were unfounded. If it goes badly (as is my suspicion) it won’t be fun but it will make it clear beyond all doubt that it was an awfully bad idea - perhaps the EU will, in due course, let us back in.