Still time to prevent an extreme Brexit

3 April 2017

Dear Editor, 

 

Theresa May is marching Britain one step closer to an extreme Brexit cliff edge, but we don’t have to accept our fate, there is still time to avert disaster. We must and we will fight on.

The Government’s proposals will send the country hurtling towards an extreme Brexit that will see Britain as the ultimate loser in a global race to the bottom on everything from environmental regulations to workers’ rights.

The majority of voters in Reading and Wokingham, 48% of voters across the UK and almost 80 percent of Green Party supporters, voted to Remain in the EU. That doesn’t mean we should be blind to the fact that a slim majority of Brits voted to leave the EU. But it does mean that we shouldn't allow the voices of those who didn’t to be silenced.

The narrow referendum victory does not give Theresa May a mandate for an extreme Brexit. The Prime Minister is attempting to conjure a phantom majority in support of ejecting Britain from the single market; sacrificing our economy at the altar of ending free movement.

We deserve better than this, which is why Green Party politicians are fighting in the courts, through the so-called ‘Dublin Case’, for the British people to be given the choice they are being denied. The EU referendum should have been the start of a democratic process, not the end of one.

As Greens, we believe voters should have the final say on the Brexit deal, once it is clear what the outcome of the negotiations is. If people have changed their mind, they must be able to stop the process.

 

Rob White

@cllrrobwhite

Green Party councillor, Reading

69 Coventry Road, Reading, RG1 3ND






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