Should there be a second EU referendum?

August 16, 2018 9:30 AM
By Cllr Karen Chilvers in Brentwood Gazette

Cllr Karen Chilvers

Cllr Karen Chilvers

If you voted Leave so you could be poorer, sicker and potentially jobless then you are, no doubt, celebrating that you're on the brink of getting exactly that. Congratulations.

For the rest of us that either voted Remain or voted to leave having been, quite understandably, duped by shouty and, as it has transpired, empty rhetoric by Brexit campaign group 'Vote Leave' (recently fined and referred to the police by the Electoral Commission for breaking electoral law) and others then yes, of course we need a People's Vote on the final deal.

At the vote in 2016 no one really knew what Brexit would look like and, over two years later, still no one does, not even Theresa May PM herself.

We are now told by multi-millionaire MP and Brexit cheerleader Jacob Rees-Mogg that we "won't see the effects (although he didn't specify them) of leaving for 50 years" as he cheekily defended a company, of which he is a partner, investing in Dublin to take advantage of being in the EU. One leading Brexiteer has relocated to Monaco and another has a stake in a firm advising people to buy gold to avoid the hit sterling will take.

Unless we make a fuss, we will see this government drag us in to a dystopian crisis that will last for decades with rising food and fuel prices, lost jobs, the continuing exodus of European doctors and nurses, a lack of pharmaceuticals, a lorry park at Dover, endless passport queues at ports and Eurotunnel stations, mobile roaming charges an end to pet passports and a shrinking economy,

Things have changed as people have seen the light and, even in Brentwood, there is a significant shift in attitude. The will of the people is now to stay in the EU, we just need the opportunity to vote for it.