OPINION: Time for voters to return to the polling place?

Well, the day has finally arrived where the UK is (supposed) to leave the European Union. Brexit has consumed us all since the 2016 vote, but with no prospect of conclusion any closer, Siobhan Macdonald explains why voters should hit the polls once again.

Everyone is sick of hearing about Brexit, no matter what side of the political spectrum. Nobody in the UK is getting what they want, this was shown when government rejected all eight possibilities of Brexit.

One thing everyone is in-agreement about: this is a mess. What is yet to reach an agreement is the way in which we leave.

DESTRUCT

We currently aren’t leaving the EU in a graceful exit, we are plummeting out whilst the government is practically hitting self-destruct mode.

In fact, self-destruct mode has been happening since 2015 when David Cameron tweeted:“Britain faces an inescapable choice – strong and stable government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband.”

PROMISE

Cameron won this election by promising to hold a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union, promising not to resign if he lost, then actually did resign which led to the disaster of Theresa May’s time as Prime Minister.

The promise of a ‘strong and stable’ government from the Tory party has transpired into nothing but a meme since the election.

It’s becoming more and more obvious that the current government are not fit to govern the country, they’re practically playing their own game of monopoly, but with the lives of British people.

VOTE

When Britain voted to leave the UK in 2016, people didn’t know what Brexit would entail. A people’s vote is what the British electorate deserves in this political climate, after years of Brexit uncertainty the voters should have the last say.

The argument that a people’s vote is undemocratic couldn’t be further from the truth, people are aware of what Brexit will truly look like now deals are being debated whereas in 2016 we didn’t have that luxury. It’s hard to understand how anyone paying attention to the news cannot be getting increasingly furious about this current situation.

A people’s vote is the only democratic way forward for Brexit, if the electorate still vote for it then so be it – we honour that. However, with the Put It to The People March, online petition and gaining momentum of the Final Say campaign, I’m not sure that would still happen.

Words: Siobhan Macdonald

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