Back in 2016, after weeks of intense, nationwide debate, 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU.
The question was clear enough.
The two alternative answers were clear enough, too.
People DID know what they were voting for.
They were voting on this country’s future: the choice was stark, and they made it.
Boris Johnson’s tweaks to Theresa May’s March 2019 Withdrawal Agreement will continue to tie Britain to the EU, and in particular to the European Court of Justice, with yet more ropes, and even less power.
Only a complete break from the EU will allow the people of this country to hold politicians to account.
Now it’s time that the only genuine people’s vote on Brexit is delivered upon. The 2016 referendum was not consultative – and even if it was, the advice given to politicians was unmistakeable.
In order ever to make up with the EU, a full divorce is first necessary.
The endless bickering of Britain’s two-party system has left many people feeling utterly fed up. The way politicians have tried to overturn the result of the 2016 Referendum has also angered many.
These developments show that this country needs Proportional Representation, abolition of the House of Lords, and a wider revival of Britain’s democratic traditions.
MPs are there to represent their constituents.
We need MPs to stand up from the green benches and uphold that position.
Parliamentary sovereignty is something the EU has trampled over, and needs defending; but the people should be sovereign over parliament, not the other way round.
Since the 1990s, Liberal Democrats in the constituency of Carshalton & Wallington have presided over what John F Kennedy once warned America against: a ‘long, slow afternoon’ of decline.
The area now lacks a clear identity, and will get one back not through nostalgia, but by a clear programme for technology-led wealth production and growth.
Brexit provides this area with a chance to research, develop and fight for better rail services, better IT, new kinds of housing, High Streets for the mid-21st century and, in medicine, an even stronger record than St Helier Hospital has already achieved.
Carshalton & Wallington needs science and technology. It must seek inward investment – from America, China, Japan and, yes, from countries in the EU. It should lay out carefully-planned business parks, and needs even stronger transport links to connect the area with central London and the South East.
And last – but by no means least – Carshalton and Wallington has excellent schools and further education colleges. With these resources, why shouldn't we look to build our own radio station, a local cinema to complement the revitalised Cryer Theatre, and – in the long term – our own university campus?