As a relationship and leadership coach this feels like the equivalent of asking a whole bunch of people you don't know to vote as to whether you should stay married or not. There is no trial separation. Their result is final. You might be going through a rocky patch but that's no reason to give up or abdicate responsibility.
The result of the Brexit referendum on EU membership has no binding force in law. This was the main point made in an open letter to David Cameron signed by 1054 barristers on 9 July 2016. This is undoubtedly correct. But the rest of the letter, and especially the part that proposes "a way forward", reads like a joke.
What we need now is a politician brave enough to address the poisonous malaise. During the Leave campaign, we were fed lies and propaganda. This week, we had Boris Johnson thumbing his nose at us with the "punchline" that he wouldn't stand in the leadership race. It will take a lot to get us out of this mess, but let's hope that now, finally, there'll be a candidate who can put self-aggrandisement aside, admit that we're living in a fractured society, and start tackling this.
The arcane nature of British democracy has, over the last 60 years, delivered one electoral minority after another into the corridors of power. It's led to a situation where no matter how many of us vote, we get a result that rewards people who wouldn't win in any other situation where the principle of "we'll do what the majority of people want" applies.
In the last week, a proportion of the young people of Great Britain have demonstrated an intense arrogance and apathy, and have scapegoated the consequences of those actions on to those who are relatively blameless - whose fault was to voice their opinion that was different from ours. I hope that you understand that this is an ideology with which I no longer wish to be associated and that you can respect the difficult decision of my departure. Kind regards.....
As I write the number of people who have signed the EU referendum petition has just passed the 2,000,000 mark. It is early on Saturday evening. By the time this blog is published (probably Sunday lunchtime) the number of people seeking a second referendum - for good reasons set out below - will be substantially greater.
I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.