Bassetlaw Liberal Democrats’ Executive Member Phil Ray wrote to the Nottingham Post about the concern he has about Brexit and the damage it will cause to families in Bassetlaw and across the UK. Phil feels that we need a Peoples’ vote on the final deal because we know the facts a lot clearer and how bad the government is at negotiating a deal that works for the United Kingdom. Read the full article below.
"It has been over 2 years since we were given the vote on whether we remain in the EU or not and it seems that everything that has happened since is a disaster. I would like to add that during the campaign, I was almost tempted to vote Leave, however, reading the facts (that were not very well explained during both sides of the campaign) it was very clear that it would not be in our benefit to leave whatsoever.
Brexit was advertised by some MPs as a glorious thing to happen, we'd get the money, the jobs, control of our borders and be more successful from it but it hasn't worked like that. It may help those more fortunate, who can get richer and put their money abroad somewhere tax-free, but not for the hard working people of the United Kingdom. I've made sure to say United Kingdom because we still have a massive risk that the nation will become divided from Brexit. Could Scotland feel more inclined to break away from the United Kingdom? What happens to Northern Ireland? We have seen a country fall so much in so little time because we are not thinking internationally and the success we could have with the help of other countries.
We already had a huge amount of poor and homeless people on the streets, so I feel that risking being poorer for years to come during the whole Brexit process is madness, especially as we are now finding out that Food-bank usage has risen by 6 percent in the last year alone. Highest ever. Disposable income has dropped and will continue to do so, meaning we can't pump money back into our businesses, we can't take as many holidays because we are being charged for everything that came as standard being part of the EU. More broken promises. Brexit has delivered no change in existing law, except knowing that we will need more money and need to seek deals with other countries to make up for our lack of funding in construction, the NHS, security, scientific research, database records and so much more. Also, when we do have a government with laws that are failing us and the environment, who will be keeping them in check?
The promises that were made can not be put into action, the whole process divides us as a nation and risks us falling way behind. I understand that the vote for some people was important because it was almost protest vote against the Government, some had concerns for their own jobs, some because of immigration and so on. However, I feel we have achieved nothing in favour of our own interests.
I am not saying the EU is or was perfect, it did need a little reform but you can't reform something if you aren't part of it."