If it were possible to achieve Brexit without ruining our economy, we would have achieved it months ago.
The complacent David Davis, who until 20th July served as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, promised that leaving the EU would be easy. He was right. So is throwing yourself off a cliff — so long as you have no regard for your own wellbeing.
Theresa May has tried every solution and each one has failed. It is now obvious that we cannot leave the customs union without both causing immense economic damage to our nation and abandoning Northern Ireland.
It is time for every political leader to declare that, notwithstanding the outcome of the referendum, Brexit will be a disaster.
The only people who will benefit are the obscenely wealthy — and they have already covered their backs by moving their wealth out of the country.
To rely on the United States as a trading partner is to replace partnership in Europe with complete subservience to a nation obsessed with self-interest.
Britain on a war footing
No one can accuse Theresa May of not being aware of the consequences. She has prepared us for a hard Brexit. Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, said ministers would ensure Britain had “adequate food supplies” if no agreement could be reached.
Meanwhile, Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, said he has asked officials to “work up options for stockpiling” medical supplies.
Britain is being put on a war footing, which is quite unnecessary.
Our political leaders need to tell those who voted Brexit…
“We understand why you voted as you did. We will respond to your grievances. But Brexit will solve none of your problems; it will only make them worse. We already have the lowest rate of investment in the EU and the smallest growth. This is evidence that a successful Brexit is unachievable. We will therefore abandon this unsustainable doctrine and work within the EU to achieve a prosperous Britain.”
Every good general has an abort button.
By pressing the abort button, maybe today’s political leaders will enjoy the same sort of satisfaction that Winston Churchill felt when he admitted that he might be wrong.