Yes, but they wanted No

I’m getting angry about something beyond my control and I’m sure I’m not alone.
What follows is my opinion over the state of affairs regarding Brexit.
If you want to stop reading now, I can understand and hope that subsequent writings today will be more to your liking.

My mind works in a simple way. I understand the basics, but not the internal mechanisms  insomuch as when I turn something on at the switch, it works.
For anything complicated, I leave it up to the experts.
However, I do not consider myself daft or stupid, but I am growing more and more concerned and worried, as the outcome of whatever happens in the next few days/weeks is going to end in tears if not political bloodshed.

In June 2016, the Nation was asked to vote on whether we left or remained in the EU.

I don’t think anyone was more surprised than the Government at this result, with a close second being the LEAVE campaign.
To me, there has been no plan. There never was. TPTB honestly believed The People would vote to remain.
David Cameron, our PM at the time, did a runner. I still can’t recall exactly how Mrs May got the job, but under her leadership, it has been one cock up after another, and she is now the perfect scapegoat for failure. Her days in Number 10 are numbered as her own government are preparing a coup if reports are to be believed.

I remember her bleating

Right. So WHY was it left so late to start negotiations when they should have begun before the end of 2016?
Maybe they were, I don’t know, but now we are at the end of the line and we appear to be no further ahead than before the ballot result was announced.
Did she not disband her negotiation team and take over the reins herself?
She has gone swanning off to Brussels so many times, her air tickets are on speed dial and velcro. AND SHE HAS GOT NOWHERE.

The UK is the laughing stock of the EU, if not the world, basically because our leaders could not organise a piss up in a brewery or fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

OK, Parliament did not like her deal. They voted against it twice, and she is putting it forward for a third time, though The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has put the kibosh on that by quoting laws passed over a century ago about not allowing the same proposals to be put before the House again and again.
From what I’ve read, no-one has actually come up with any suggestions for alternative amendments to be put forward and discussed.

OK, Parliament did not want to leave the EU without a deal. So they voted against that too.

What’s wrong with this picture?
If you don’t like the deal, fine, then it’s a No Deal as you don’t have an alternative. If you don’t like that as well, there is no third option.

We were due to leave on March 29th 2019. That’s next Friday.
That’s not going to happen, and Mrs May has asked EU leaders for an extension.
They have agreed, sort of.

IF her deal is rejected (again), she has two weeks (April 12th) to present a Plan B. Seeing as she never had a Plan A, this is going to be difficult.
IF her deal is accepted, we have until then end of May to get our act together with the necessary paperwork and leave the EU as the People voted.

Rumour has it she is not going to present her deal for a third time now, and she will be grovelling for yet another extension. Brussels are already tired of it all, and may do us a favour by kicking us out anyway.

This morning, I have read the headline that there are calls for a public inquiry into Brexit.
The next thing will be a recount on the referendum itself where miraculously it will be discovered they were all counted wrong and the result should have been the reverse.
There are already marches to Stay, marches to Leave, and a petition to remain has gained over a million signatures.
But none of these are going to make a blind bit of difference if the Government cannot agree amongst themselves and are only gaining points in shouting, slamming pieces of paper on the table, or storming out of meetings because they don’t like who is attending.

Anyone interviewed is saying Give it Back to the People to decide.
We did. We wanted OUT, yet it means nothing.

This is not a game and the Best of Three.
Neither is it a case of we’ll keep asking you until we get the answer we want.
I’ve taken part in surveys where questions are so worded nobody knows exactly what they’re being asked in the end and regardless of whether the response is yay or nay, it means exactly the same.

The quote from the movie Twister immediately comes to mind

From where I’m sitting,  the Government has done everything in its power to make a mockery of the People’s vote and are browbeating us into a position where we just want it over and done with. GET ON WITH IT are the latest buzz words. Oh how we wish.

I foresee Article 50 being revoked, Brexit cancelled, and Parliament slapping themselves on the back for getting the result they originally wanted by default.
It is the biggest betrayal to the country and goes to show that our Leaders are only out for their own interests and not those of the people they supposedly represent.

In my simplistic world, our PM should have stood up for the country and said
“Right, you don’t like my deal, Fine. The UK is leaving on March 29th regardless.”

Everyone knew it would be different and difficult for a while so that things could adjust, new trade deals would have to be made, and the greedy will make a fast buck on the back of something they didn’t want using it as an excuse for rising costs. But at least we would have been able to stand tall and on our own two feet without interference from outside.
But we can’t. The Enemy is within.
We all have our opinions, and this is mine. I just wanted to get it off my chest.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Yes, but they wanted No

  1. I disagree with you on several points but you’re entitled to your opinion, as the rest of us are. Leaving the EU was the will of the majority who voted, however the leave campaign, before the result was announced, called for a second referendum to be held if there was less than a 5% gap in the result. Correct me please if I’m wrong but 51.9 to 48.1 is less than 5% and is closer to 4%. Can we please agree to disagree on what the result means and consider the 30% who felt they didn’t know enough from either side of the debate to make any choice and therefore made no choice. I think we owe it to an informed public now that all the facts are known to decide on leaving with a bad deal, no deal or remaining inside the EU. Because if we decide in 5 years time that we made a mistake the EU will have moved on without us and we won’t be allowed back unless we accept their terms which will include no veto rights, loss of our sovereignty and acceptance of the Euro. Rejoining will not be in the best interests of England. The other thing I feel you have forgotten is that Scotland and Northern Ireland both voted to Remain by bigger margins than 5%, so Brexit will not be the will of their people.

    • Thank you for your comment and I respect your point of view. I didn’t know about the 5% majority thing and appreciate the points you make. Nothing is straightforward, least of all politics which is one of the reasons I don’t post about them, though I did know that Scotland and NI voted to remain. It is a mess though.
      Thanks again.

      • Thank you for accepting that we are all in this together and no one really understands politics (I don’t think the politicians know any more than the rest of us). I thought all leavers were ignorant racist bigots so it was nice to read your post and to air my views on it. Thank you for the opportunity.

      • You’re welcome Dave. I think you’re right about the politicians!

  2. Both UK and USA covers are in a mess. This generation doesn’t understand what it means to work together.

  3. colinandray says:

    In a world that has been constantly “shrinking” in the context of international cooperation and trade agreements, humanitarian aid etc. etc., I was surprised that the UK would consider breaking away from Europe. I doubt that an isolated UK would be very successful on the world stage basically because more and more countries are getting themselves organized and mutually agreeing to a growth model that is theoretically negotiated so that all members benefit.
    My perception of the dilemma is much like the Trump situation in the US. It is my understanding that Trump was successful because a significant number of the population did not vote (“Trump will never win anyway”). With Brexit, I get the impression that so many did not vote because “the UK will never leave the EU conglomerate”. If nothing else, there is a strong message to the voting public.

  4. Laughing stock? Take a number! I think the US is first in line. 🙂 I don’t know enough about Brexit to comment on that although Colin makes a strong case.

    • It’s a mess, and there are valid arguments for and against, but nobody can agree anyway! You can please some of the people etc etc. I just can’t see it happening now. At least we’d know!

    • joyroses13 says:

      We are thinking alike today Kate! 🙂
      What a thing for the US to be first in line about, but I do believe we are!

  5. TanGental says:

    Very fair piece Di. I’m a dyed in the wool remainer (a marcher in Saturday for what it was worth, a signer to the petition to revoke article 50 – over four million signatures for what that’s worth too). and was as gobsmacked as any politician when we voted to leave. We all know whatever the result it wouldn’t have been the end – had the leave vote lost sadly Farage would still have been ubiquitous with Gove etc never off the screens so a vote leave did do us some favours… So I’d love another spin of the die and hope for a turn around in remain fortunes and will do what I can to help manufacture it, but I don’t really expect it and, in all fairness there shouldn’t be one. Parliament has been a shambles and the government appalling. Yes divorces are always more difficult than marriages, but had this been taken outside party politics then something might have been cobbled together that the majority of MPs could have supported. Oh no, the vote was non party, yet the politics has been an attempt to maintain party lines and inevitably things have fractured.
    What will happen, who knows. A crash out feels unlikely mainly because it terrifies the EU as much as a lot here in Parliament but exactly what shape the exit will take is anyone’s guess.
    Still I have staunch leave friends which is excellent because when we do leave and there is any bad news whatsoever it will clearly be their fault. I already have the blame for our next sporting humiliation sown up. I don’t know about how the economy will fare but, boy, will their pockets be damaged….

  6. blindzanygirl says:

    Di, good on you for getting it off your chest. I missed this yesterday. I feel exactly the same way, but more distressed than angry, because I tend not to get angry. You are so right about Theresa May and our stupid government. I have never ever seen such a shambles. I don’t know where all this is leading, but it is not to a good place.

    • I’ve been listening to the latest news on the radio and parliament still can’t agree!! I find it really funny that in contrast, the EU have prepared for a No Deal Brexit by hiring new personnel and getting new border controls in place,, and have been doing so over the past 15 months or so! Yet our MPs have voted a No Deal Brexit off the table!! Methinks we might not have a choice! What a mess.

      • blindzanygirl says:

        It certainly IS a mess. And it all started out so simply. Viters voted to leave. It should have been simple, whether everyone agreed with itmor not. Instead, we get THIS mess!

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