Kevin Holloway Writes (Now here is the full version): I’m sure if you’re already bored with the referendum fallout you won’t want to read this, but if you’re not yet too bored please do. Like many other people I’m horrified by what’s just happened; it doesn’t make sense, even in terms of the reasons that many of those who voted out have given for doing so. I’ve been called a ‘bad-loser’ for complaining about where we’ve got to, but this isn’t a football match, or even a general election where we can have another go in five years. This is one of the most self-destructive things for this country I can imagine. And it stands to be permanent. So here’s some thoughts I’d like to offer anyone who’s wondering if there’s anything they can do:
The referendum result isn’t legally binding. The U.K. Parliament is sovereign. MPs could say, we can’t take this referendum result as a recommendation, it’s not ‘safe’ being only 52% to 48%. The right of the Tory party would explode of course, but it could happen. There are different possibilities that flow from that, here’s one for example: There will definitely be a new government in the near future, and an election is likely later this summer or autumn. The new government could choose not to apply immediately to leave the EU. It could stand for election on a version of staying in the EU, but if, and only if, certain things were renegotiated, for example, something on restricting the free movement of people. If that new government was successful in the negotiations, it could say ‘right we’ve got what you told us to get, we’re now staying in’. A lot of argument and anguish would follow, but there’s anguish right now and more to come I expect.
This isn’t just me, some MPs are already thinking like that. Here’s a statement of earlier today [Saturday] from David Lammy, MP for Tottenham: ‘Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU. The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The leave campaign’s platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn’t voted to leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit and there should be a vote in parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of Boris Johnson.’
If you’re at all inclined to think that what’s happened is crazy maybe consider taking some action. Lobby your MP – email, phone, contact personally (details will be on the net) – and speak to everyone.
Thanks for reading, Kevin