& that’s the big issue with referendums.
|Posted: 08 September 2019 at 8:32pm | IP Logged | 9
During the Brexit debate, thousands of hours of tv & radio coverage occurred, probably thousands of pages of press coverage occurred. Most of that did not address wide issues but focussed on the same, narrow spectrum. There were so many questions that should have been asked but we only started to ask those questions they day after the result.
Was the Irish border discussed? No
Were European arrest warrants discussed? No
Was sharing of intelligence discussed? No
& let’s not even get into the bus & its £350 million a day for the NHS claim that was dismissed by the leave campaign the second (almost literally the second) the leave vote won.
An ill informed public, answering a flawed question, within a flawed process (1 vote either way would have resulted in that side winning, but no one actually knew the end point - what would remain look like, what would leave look like? No one knew, no one had discussed, hard Brexit, soft Brexit - those hadn’t even been contemplated. Would remain had been as was or would it have been under modified conditions? No one had discussed these questions so no side actually had a consensus/agreement on how the result would be implemented (& you could bet your bottom dollar that had the margin been this close the other way we would have been facing just as much chaos with demands for a renegotiation & a ‘soft’ remain).
So we have a result to leave, but no one agrees HOW we should leave & that just gives us chaos.
The lesson here is to learn that you @ least need some form of plan before you set off on the journey. Even now, less than two months away, having had multiple extensions, no one can tell us how a border between Ireland/Northern Ireland would look/work. They talk of existing technologies to allow free trade movement, but no one can name one of these mysterious technologies, & no one talks about people movement across that border post Brexit, they only talk of trade.
& anytime I mention this to people face to face who want Brexit, they just say we should embrace the pain.
I cannot fathom how anyone with any modicum of intelligence thinks this is a good idea, was a good idea, or doesn’t need a complete rethink.