As a Labour member it pains me to say, that if you are disheartened about the UK exiting EU, the best thing you can do now is join the Liberal Democrats. They are the only party that alongside the Scottish National Party (SNP), offers a true coherent positive European vision and agenda
The pain of a national EU divorce was never going to be comfortable - particularly in the short-term. Nonetheless, fed up with what people viewed as a less than accountable EU, voters were prepared to take that risk. The long break-up has thus begun. Despite my natural caution and concern about the fallout, today I actually feel overwhelmingly optimistic about Britain's future. I also know that isn't where most people right now. Not yet anyway. Many have criticised the lack of planning for this outcome, so here are some thoughts about what Britain should do now in order to prosper in the future.
If there is one positive outcome of the United Kingdom withdrawing its membership of the European Union, I only hope it is to teach us youngsters a lesson. For the country that we desire, my generation will finally have to show up and fight.
However, between what 52% of the British people voted for and what the EU leaders are ready to accept as a good deal with Britain, the new Prime Minister's window of operation is extremely narrow. Some strong headache, a lot of coffee and many sleepless nights to come for the new British PM...
It's a powerful gesture, but I'm not sure it will do much to change the minds of people who hold racist views. David Cameron has said the UK "will not tolerate intolerance". Damn right, but what are we actually going to do about it? Just say we don't like it, and leave it there? Wear our safety pins and sit back, knowing we've done our bit and made it clear we are not on board with this?
A week ago, I was nervous about the prospects for Brexit; opinion poll data was fluctuating wildly, and I could have seen the result going either way....
The United Kingdom (or at least 52% of it) has voted to leave the European Union. So what happens now? We have the Norway Option, the Switzerland Opti...
Just looking at the list of people being talked about for the Labour and Tory leadership, and I can't help but think what a bunch of no mark political lightweights they mostly are. Barely one of them has any experience outside of politics, law, media, or charity. And not one of them looks like they could successfully run a corner shop let alone a country.
Reports coming out of Brussels and Washington suggest that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, otherwise known as TTIP, has been crippled, possibly killed, by Brexit. Informed sources suggest that TTIP will be parked until Britain's Article 50 negotiations have been completed and that there is now a possibility that the deal will never be concluded.
When Napoleon remarked 'In politics, stupidity is not a handicap' I doubt even he could have foreseen the damage of blending stupidity with unmasked plutocracy and obsequious entitlement. Last week's apathetic paroxysm by British citizens was far more about the obedient breakdown of society than it was about the affirmation of our individual and collective preservation.
I have had Twitter users, including people hiding behind egg profiles or pseudonym Twitter names tell me that I am a rapist (with some description), someone waiting to bomb the community and evil white-hating filth. I have been told to f*** off home, swim back to my totalitarian third world cesspool... With the two main political parties facing splits and leadership contests, we need strong leadership in this country. We need MPs from all parties and from both Remain and Leave camps to condemn the racist acts of a few. We need a message of unity; that the spirit of tolerance of the many will overcome the fear and marginalisation created by the few.
I assume that this is the result of stunning hangovers, rather than buyers' remorse. But very soon they will have to start making decisions. We have lost, within a few hours, a Prime Minister and a European Commissioner, on the very day that the most important foreign and domestic decisions for a generation need to be taken. In short, they will have to take back control.
The Conservatives will move even further to the right and UKIP will receive more media coverage than ever. If Labour can't unite and figure out a coherent message to win back the white working class, I think any GCSE history student will be able to predict the dark road our country could be going down.
Brits fighting alongside Poles and other Europeans defeated the Nazis in the 1940s. Now, several decades later, we all have to work together to ensure that the ignorant vindictiveness of the far-right does not define us as a nation.
After the shock of the break-up, the reasons we took the decision will sink in and that is what will remain. A Texan I work with greeted me Monday morning with 'You guys are free!', not as a celebration but a knowing statement of fact that was true last week as much as this. We are free, and that is the ultimate guarantee of peace and growth. Now, can the pound go up please?
It is time for the United Kingdom to wake up and give its former colony urgent life support.