Harry Houldsworth Writes: Our son lives and works in the Czech Republic and, like many young people, he is gutted by the Referendum result.
A large number of young voters are also known to have voted ‘remain’ and this needs some Government acknowledgement. In my view it is unthinkable that we will allow an older generation to sell out our young people.
Surveys of voters who voted Brexit will confirm that, for many people (young and old) the Referendum was nothing more than a classic mid-term protest vote – a response to many frustrations. And many people (including Boris) had no real expectation that we would actually leave the EU!
Yes, the British people have spoken. But when the Referendum was organised, nobody anticipated that the result could have dire consequences for the survival of the British Union.
Scotland has voted solidly to remain in the European Union, as has Northern Ireland. Their collective views cannot be ignored.
Given the results of the Referendum, the Scots will be well advised to go for independence, while the people of Northern Ireland (if they have any sense) will bury their differences with the South and form a United Ireland.
What should happen now?
We need to acknowledge the result of the Referendum, but the result needs to be declared as ‘too marginal’ to permit the break-up of the United Kingdom, as a consequence of a vote that had (officially) nothing to do with end of the British Union
I still think that there should be a “Confirmation Referendum”, to advertise that Brexit will result in the break-up of the United Kingdom. It could also carry with it with the promise of an early General Election.
Whatever happens, all politicians need to think very carefully, before they act.
Harry Houldsworth, Chilwell, 27 June 2016