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We must now Leave without a deal if we want a relationship with the EU that is acceptable to those who Voted Leave AND Remain

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No matter if you Voted Leave or Voted Remain, the fact is that few of those representing us in Westminster have managed to cover themselves in glory during the Brexit process and EU Referendum Campaign.

We have now witnessed so many events and been provided with so much evidence to support what has long been suspected – that the majority of MPs have sought election only for the purposes of personal gain, that whatever now happens in the coming weeks and days over Brexit, it is inevitable that we will not view Parliament in the same way as we did previously ever again.

What is most striking about the lack of leadership across the Commons that has now been so clearly defined, is the complete absence of agility in both thought and action that has led to opportunity being seen and portrayed as a threat, rather than the doorway to transformation and change which will benefit the Country. Opportunity that would give us the chance to leave many of the problems behind that we cannot address whilst we Remain bound to the Laws and Directives of the EU.

Whilst the lack of foresight and understanding fits well with a Parliament made up of MPs who behave this way, the UK has been severely disadvantaged as a direct result.

We have watched helplessly from outside the Westminster bubble as those high on power and their own self-righteousness have squandered each and every opportunity to set off, restart or return to a pathway which puts the UK first, rather than allowing the use of a switched deck which even now is very much stacked towards the EU remaining in control of our future relationship, with not one of these self interested Parliamentary factions really ever getting their own way.

It is painful to watch how irrational fear is ruling the whole Brexit question to the point where the stupidity and intransigence of key people has become so efficiently overlooked, that there appears genuine surprise when they do the same things again or behave like nobody can better their own game.

The failure of this Parliament to deliver on the People’s Instruction and the chaos that has ensued will not easily be forgiven. Nor will the absence of leadership that could have focused on the reality of a 52%-48% Vote Result which was always going to require consideration, communication and consequence-based decision making that works for those who Voted Leave as well as Remain.

It is unacceptable to suggest that this was and is impossible. The question has only ever been about the how.

In truth, Brexit was destined to be a complete mess from the moment David Cameron was replaced by a Prime Minister who supported Remain.

Remain was from the point that Theresa May entered Downing Street always going to be the default stepping off point, rather than what would have been the case if we had had a Leave Voting Prime Minister. One who could have looked at the process right from the start as being the UK is now out, so how do we build bridges which will be different, but look, feel and behave as they would have, if we had indeed Remained.

To be fair, even a good ‘Leave’ Prime Minister night have struggled to achieve this outlook. As developing strategy as a vision and without real-time experience of the circumstances you will be working with is never as easy or simple as looking at things as if they will always be the same or in the sense of only ever having to work with that which is known and your own experience.

But with May at the helm it never has and never will be possible, as her purpose is not selfless. It is about a legacy and is entrenched with a mentality that the Politicians around her are subordinate in every sense and could never achieve anything that she could in any way.

By backing the Brady Amendment this week, many of those MP’s on the Leave side of the House have again fallen into the very same trap that they have done already on numerous occasions before. Missing opportunity after opportunity to take things in a very different direction, rather than allowing the Remain-led PM May run down the clock on the expectation that the misplaced fear over a so-called ‘no-deal exit’ will finally push her own Withdrawal Agreement, without alterations, over the line.

Make no mistake. The unaltered May ‘Agreement’ is actually worse for the UK than it would have been to have never had the Referendum Vote and today to have been in the situation that some mistakenly think is Remain. And if our MPs have shied away from decisions over Brexit already on the basis of their irrational fears, looking those fears in the eye to stop May now, will require much more of them now, simply because the crunch point appears to be so very near.

The reality is that we will not achieve anything like the relationship with the EU of which we as a Country are capable, if we should accept the terms of any agreement which already exists or is formulated under the duress and questionable decision making of a Parliament which contrary to the position of the Electorate is overwhelmingly supportive of Remain.

In fact, the very best thing that could happen now is that the attitude of the EU does indeed become the catalyst which crystallises the position of Leaving without the deal that we never actually needed. A destination and indeed journey that would then put us in realtime at the point where even those Politicians without vision might then be able to see the relationship an dynamics between the UK and EU for what they are and build agreements over trade and joint working that keep power and influence where it should be – in London, not Brussels, and prevent those whose priorities are in the EU and not the UK from ever again being free to develop any kind of behind-closed-doors understanding with a Foreign Power, that a series of previous Governments and Prime Ministers never had the mandate to ever do.

The question is of course, will they want to?

 

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