I am a democrat, and one of my major motivations supporting Brexit has been to bring back decision-making to the UK away from the unelected and unaccountable officials in Brussels. Unlike the Left, which wishes to maintain the wall between the rulers and the ruled, I will always defend and encourage the greater use of referenda and will always respect the result.
The country needs need Labour and Conservative MPs who will stand up against the Rule of Fear, remember their Code of Conduct, to serve the best interests of the nation first and party last, and show that they have the moral fibre and integrity to take a firm stand and stop this self -destruction of the United Kingdom.
The UK needs either: A submission of the entire issue to Parliament for a debate and free vote; Or a second referendum with clearly defined options and consequences and factual public information upon which to make a vote provided by an independent impartial committee set up by the Government. And we need it NOW.
If those of us backed remain don't make our arguments clearly and forcefully through the impending negotiations, we risk writing a blank cheque for the eurosceptics. During the referendum, the Leave camp were at pains to tell us they didn't know to set out specifics of a post-Brexit Britain, because this wasn't a manifesto. They won the EU vote - now they must be held to account on the ideas put forward.
Given the increasing frequency of the use of referendums in the UK, it is more important than ever that we look at the EU vote and ask how do we make sure the mistakes that were made during the EU campaign are never repeated again? We've laid down the foundations in terms of how we start to answer that question. Let's hope they're built on.
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.