We Need To Talk About Brexit

June 27, 2016
The Elephant, Torquay



Because yes I’m still a bit bereft and weirded out by the whole thing.

And because it’s one of the biggest things that’s happened in British politics in all of our lifetimes.

And because it’s not over dramatic to say that it’s ripped our country in two.

SO, it actually happened. Last week (some of) the UK voted (by teeny tiny margins) for us all to leave the EU.

The time for arguing about the reliability of our democratic process, bitching and griping on that respected political platform Facebook and trying to work out how to teleport back in time for a do-over is gone. Probably. Unless anyone’s got the low down on that last one? Anyone?  Unless we just keep re-referendumming until someone gives in…

Instead, this could be the time for pulling together and trying to plough forward couldn’t it? Sure, we’ve seen behind the curtain, revealed the precarious tower of whimsy and bullshit that underpinned the campaigning but it’s done.

We now need those in power to take some control. Not Boris though – have some pride for the love of God.  We need the opposition to get their shit together and start opposing. We need to figure out what version of the UK we want (potentially just the ‘K’ the way things are going – bet the Queen is fuming). In short, we need a plan.

Whilst I could go on about this for pages and pages, hours and hours, I think this is the time to actually just clear a couple of things up, before we go past the point of no return.

Firstly: until someone bites the bullet and invokes Article 50, we’re still in the EU. All of the freedoms afforded under membership are still ours. And, crucially, even when Article 50 gets underway it is still illegal ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE in this land to be a racist, bigoted, bile spewing moron. However you voted, whatever your motivation (I just can’t even begin to pick at that thread. I just….can’t), it is still very much against the law to incite hatred via your clothing or some vitriol hastily scribbled on a bed sheet and hung by the side of the road. It is still against the law to harass women and children on the bus. Popping beautifully laminated racist spew through your neighbours’ letterbox does not make you a patriot, it makes you a hateful hateful cretin. A delusional, odious specimen.

Victory for the Leavers has not changed the law or, for that matter, common decency. The shameful minority have not suddenly been given unprecedented legitimacy.  No part of this result makes the bile more palatable, acceptable or lawful.

It is your right to have your voice heard, to use your vote to bring about change. That’s literally the whole point. It is no-one’s right to incite racial hatred, to spout venom at strangers or to tell anyone to ‘go home’.  I’m not happy about the referendum result at all but I’m thoroughly ashamed at the hateful undertone it’s revealed across the country. And you should be too.

Oh and secondly there is categorically not going to be an extra £350m for the NHS. No matter what the bus said. Soz.

This is a hugely emotive subject and I am not in the business of judging so whichever way you voted, if you did your research and are confident in your reasoning for that then good for you even if I don’t agree with you.

I’m really very interested in your opinions but don’t be a prat about it, ok? 

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