I am in no form of the word a political genius, nor am I a particularly good writer as I’m sure you’re about the find out. I am, however, a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to be more specific – I live in Scotland.
In comes no surprise to anyone that many citizens of Scotland are not particularly fond of Brexit, nor is Northern Ireland – half of the four counties that are the United Kingdom voted to remain within the European Union (Scotland and Northern Ireland) during the referendum that took place in 2016 and even then, the vote to leave won by a tiny margin of 1.9% – 1,269,501 is the count of people which resulted in Leave.EU wining the Brexit Referendum.
We have seen many, many discussions within parliament over the last three years, and many governmental votes to decide on the final decision of Brexit – whether the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal. The problem with the original Brexit Referendum is the question that was asked on the ballot paper was too broad, a simple Yes or No – Should the United Kingdom Leave the European Union? This question has now resulted in three years of back and forth within parliament on what ‘delivering’ the vote really means.
September 2019 – we have seen an increasing discussion around a General Election to potentially take the conservatives out of power, many memes have been created by the conservatives because of opposition parties voting against a General Election and falling into what so-far can only be shown as a potential bear trap of forcing a hard Brexit and causing the United Kingdom to leave the bloc accidentally with no deal.
I personally voted Remain in 2016, and I voted Yes to Scotland leaving the United Kingdom in 2014, I am proud to be Scottish, however I am not proud to be British. I do not feel that the those in Westminster can accurately represent the issues that we have in Scotland – I do however believe in democracy and believe that the vote in 2016 should be fulfilled.
Boris Johnson has raised the question of a General Election multiple times over the last week, with opposition parties stating that they will not vote for a General Election, as mentioned above. Followers of the Conservatives party have now used this as a weapon against Remainers and the Labour Party – You wanted a General Election, why won’t you vote for one?
Here is my reasoning to why I don’t believe a General Election will resolve the catastrophic mess the United Kingdom has gotten itself into. There are three options on the table in parliament at the moment – The Withdrawal Agreement that Theresa May agreed with the European Union earlier this year, a No Deal Brexit or a revoking of Article 50 (“A50”). A general election will only change those who pull us off the cliff edge, not give us the option to jump or step back.
Something that has been mentioned many a time within Parliament over the last few years is a PeoplesVote, this is something that I believe should have been included as part of the initial referendum – this would put the vote back to the people, and allow us to vote on the three (or two, if you remove the option of revoking A50) options available and remove the ever lasting extensions and discussions in parliament.
Parliament is being prolonged until October 14, leaving a total of 17 days for MPs and Parties to discuss the the United Kingdom leaving the bloc. We are in the middle of what could possibly be a make or break for the United Kingdom, and we are about to have to wait an entire month before discussions can continue. It has been three years since the initial Brexit Referendum, and we are still no closer to knowing where we will stand with, or without, the European Union by the end of 2019.