The EU and why referendums are generally a bad idea

www.stratagem-ni.com/latest/2016/august/the-ten-commandments-of-referendums/

My view of the EU referendum has always been that it was a bad idea and so it proved to be as older voters in particular tried to use it to recreate their rose-tinted spectacled view of the 1950’s. It was also a matter that could not be sensibly addressed in one take it or leave it question. If 20 questions on the subject had been asked it still would not have explored all the issues that needed to be exposed and debated.

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Of course it was actually always about trying to save the Tory Party from UKIP and its own off the wall right wing extremists whom Cameron thought may defect to them.

That we are now likely to be in an almost permanent Brexit crisis well into the future is all but a given and of course the racist underbelly of the UK (which led to an MP being murdered) is now shamefully more exposed. But enough of my views which will be well known to those that follow this blog.

Just have a read of the the article in the link above because it is a fascinating analysis of referendums in general across the world and how they often deliver the answers to questions that were not even asked.

Tim Farron on the EU Referendum crisis

I received the letter below from Lib Dem Party Leader Tim Farron and thought I would share it:-

Tim Farron with Cllr. Pat Keith on Southport Station recently

Tim Farron with Cllr. Pat Keith on Southport Station recently

Liberal Democrats have always believed that Britain should be outward facing, collaborating with other countries to tackle global challenges. Our membership of the European Union allows us to do that.

Britain has now voted to leave. The margin of victory was small and risks dividing our country. We must respect the outcome of the referendum in how we talk about moving forward.

We also have to understand that for many people this was not just a vote about Europe. It was also a howl of anger at politicians and institutions who they feel are out of touch and have let them down. Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove won this campaign by deliberately deceiving voters. They offered cheap slogans and easy answers that they knew they could never keep. Their hollow pledge of £350 million for the NHS has already unravelled and people will be right to feel angry that they have been let down again.

We must also remember that there are many, many European citizens who have made Britain their home. We are immensely grateful for the contribution they make to our country and we are committed to ensuring they can remain here and feel safe here.

I believe our country’s future is still best served by our membership of the European Union, despite its flaws. Millions of our fellow citizens believe that. I also believe many of those people share our vision of a country that is tolerant, compassionate and positive about Britain’s role for good in the world. They share our vision of a country that wants to repair its divisions by working hard together, not by offering cheap slogans.

That is why I want to make clear that the Liberal Democrats will fight the next election on a clear and unequivocal promise to restore Britain’s prosperity and role in the world, with the United Kingdom in the European Union, not outside it.

At the same time, we must address the difficult issues that this referendum has raised about Europe and our country – but with real answers, not cheap slogans.

Since the result of the referendum became known, thousands of new members have joined our party. I encourage you all to reach out to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances and encourage them to join us to build that Britain together.

Best wishes,

Tim

Tim Farron MP
Leader of the Liberal Democrats