Updated: Aug 9, 2018
Today's Corbyn speech on Labour's commitment to a customs union shows to me that politics in the UK has become as hypocritical as they have ever been. Jeremy Corbyn, unlike Teresa May and the Conservatives and contrary to what some of his opponents have accused him of, has not sold out his personal beliefs.
From his stand on Trident and immigration Corbyn has made his point of view clear, and stood by it. What he has not done is make every one of his beliefs a red line that he will not cross. If the party at large wanted otherwise, unless it was of prime significance to himself, he goes with the flow. On Trident, when the party started dividing based on their personal beliefs, Corbyn would just back down.. There will be time to discuss this in the future.
Today's decision is definitely a step in the right direction as far as the Remainers are concerned. It is only the beginning, because as many people are realizing, there's a good chance the EU will reject even this stance and demand more. I do however find it both ironic and hypocritical. Ironic in the sense that Corbyn, an anti-globalist supporter and pro-immigrant supporter, is declaring a point of view that is actually pro-trade but declaring that immigration restrictions are inevitable so as not to disappoint the Brexit voters.
What I find hypocritical, from all parties, except the Liberal-Democrats, but including the media at large, is their stubborn refusal to accept the inevitable. I have already called the Brexit subject toxic, nay, radioactive to all politicians. It is impossible to take any decision without pissing off a very, very large proportion of the population. Therefore it MUST be returned to the voter to decide.
Without the final decision being in the hands of the voters, the inheritors of Brexit, i.e. the post-Brexit government (whoever they may be) will be hampered for decades to come. The fact that politicians are refusing publicly to accept this, claiming the people have voted are not doing themselves any favours. So the sooner everybody stops pussy-footing around and claiming 'we respect the referendum - but they didn't vote ... etc., and actually ask them, "people now we know the truth: so what DO you want?" The better
My position on the Brexit debate is no longer of any value to anyone as things stand, as are all opinions; because they are exactly that, opinions. Pundits, economists, politicians, civil servants have all been equalized are just one more voice in the dark. The first referendum hid so much of the truth, it is difficult today to understand how we ever imagined or dared to say things like 'it will be easy'. From a second Scottish referendum to the problems of Ireland, from the economy to students ... and even the world at large - there are complexities that were never imagined.
Returning the final decision to the electorate is as much to the benefit of the Remainers, as the Brexiteers and the hardliners: Nobody is going to get the Brexit they want from the government and parliament, so take a chance and ask your fellow voters. If enough people agree with you, you will get your wishes.
Brexit is the horse that somebody asked a committee to design. More and more it is looking like a camel. So be brave ... and accept the truth. Then pass it on.
SIGN THE PETITION FOR THE FINAL DECISION TO BE YOURS. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your fellow students. This sale is only on until March 29th, 2019. After that the price goes up. If they vote again to leave so be it, at least you tried!
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