A SINGLE ISSUE VIRTUAL PARTY TO RESTORE OUR STATUS IN THE EU
THE REMAIN PARTY MANIFESTO 2107
THE COUNTRY DOES NOT WANT BREXIT
“Only 27% of this country voted to leave, 13 million people didn’t vote, another 7 million eligible voters weren’t registered, one million British expats weren’t allowed to vote, 16-year olds were denied a say even though it was their futures that were on the ballot paper,” David Lammy (Labour) in the House of Commons at the Article 50 debate.
It is not satisfactory to say that the country has decided or the electorate has voted. It is not satisfactory to say that Britain wants to leave the EU. 75% of the MPs who are paid to understand what is best for the UK, believed that staying in the EU was best for us. Those who have sought to question the result are being called anti-democratic. That is absolutely not the case. Were the democracy sound, BREXIT would have been a result which may have gathered support, but there were so many who were not able to vote, the campaigns were full of untruth and scaremongering, and the polls, predicting a Remain result left a lrge majority of non-voters not bothering because the result they wanted was in the bad. The referendum was partially democratic but overall it was failed democracy.
YouGov, May 10th 2017 poll has 44% for Brexit and 45% for remaining. And those results exclude Northern Ireland which voted to remain. 21 out of the last 29 polls have been in favour of remaining (see no2brexit.com). Certainly the question is not settled.
You may or may not think that EU (non-UK) residents in the UK should have had the vote. In fact citizens of Ireland (Eire), Malta, Cyprus and Gibraltar had the vote. But citizens of France, Germany, Poland and Spain did not.
None of the EU countries want us to go. There are dangerous border issues with Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, both of whom had debilitating troubles in the 70s and 80s because of borders. There seems to be no wish to keep us in the EEA, the European Economic Area, which would help our economy.
The question did not ask, nor could it ask, whether, for instance, we should remain in the Customs Union or the Single Market, whether we should still be bound by the European Court of Human Rights. These are enormous questions which, if the vote was primarily about maintaining border controls, reducing immigration and parliamentary sovereignty then there is a real danger that what was voted for is what cannot be delivered.
“ I watch with growing concern as the British people have been led to expect a future that seems to be unreal and overoptimistic….a popular triumph at the polls, even in a referendum, does not take away the right to disagree or to express dissent.” John Major, 28th February 2017.
REMAIN is expressing dissent. It is representing what, according to the polls is the majority in the country, the majority of residents, the majority of electors, and that is to REMAIN.