Today, in a landmark decision, the High Court ruled that parliament must vote to trigger Article 50. Our MPs will have to vote to decide when to start the Brexit process, or at least they might. There is already talk of an appeal and the legal backwards and forwards will continue. It may seem, to those of us who voted to remain, that this is a reprieve. That perhaps our elected representatives will save the public from themselves, but it isn’t. Oh, how I wish it were so. I fear, that at best, it is an opportunity for our MPs to debate how we leave the EU and hopefully, for us to get the best result from this monumental mess. It will be a brave MP who decides to vote against the decision their constituents made. They are stuck with decision, of the majority of referendum voters, like the rest of us, however small that majority was. To me, it just feels a lot like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted and managed to gallop five hundred of miles in the opposite direction.
We never should have been given this vote in the first place. I consider myself to be reasonably intelligent and more importantly, engaged in politics and current affairs and yet I couldn’t really understand the far-reaching implications of this decision and how a ‘UK outside the EU’ scenario would work. So I listened to experts in their field of trade, economics, immigration and human rights and all of those with any credibility were telling me it was a dreadful idea. So I voted with this in mind and with my gut instinct. Unfortunately for all of us it seems that the politicians couldn’t really see how a leave decision would work either. Many of them disappeared into the background before the ballot papers had been bundled up and put away.
We have been left with uncertainty and no-one, not the leave campaign nor the government, seem to have a robust plan for the future. The EU has said that negotiations won’t start until we make the formal declaration to leave and why should they? The EU leaders didn’t want this to happen either.
Allowing the government to continue on this path, without having to debate it in parliament is foolish and absolutely wrong. Yes, there were almost 52% of voters in favour of Brexit, but that leaves lot of people who voted remain and who have real concerns about what happens next. This is not about sour grapes or being sore losers. We’re not talking about 48% of people losing a reality TV vote. We are talking about real people’s lives. We should all want to hold this government to account and find out what the plan is and how they can be improved, regardless of how we voted in the referendum.
So, even though I don’t think for one moment that the High Court’s decision will change the outcome of the Brexit vote, I can only hope that it at least makes our exit from the EU a little easier, because I have no doubt that it is going to be painful in many ways.
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