The journey to Brexit is going to be long and complex and Theresa May's triggering of Article 50 this week is just the first step. There are a myriad of decisions to be made, issues to be resolved and personalities to manage. With the key players agreeing that "nothing will be agreed until everything is agreed", it is clear that the situations will be in flux until the very last moment.
Time and time again it has been proven that building and nurturing an inclusive and competitive environment, where students, nurses, doctors, carers and thousands of other workers can thrive, is a recipe for success - and it's imperative that we defend it.
What's more, when the socialist revolution does eventually come (please excuse my optimism), leaving the EU will be such a side issue as compared to other aspects of the social, political and economic revolution, that leaving now really serves no purpose except to give us a slightly renewed sense of living in a democracy, which regardless of the referendum outcome, we don't really live in any way - but that is perhaps another story for another day.
The choice we face is between greater security and global influence as part of the EU, or a period of prolonged uncertainty and permanent retrenchment by walking away. For the Leave campaign to assert that both everything will change, but nothing will change is not simply a contradiction. It fails our collective duty to serve the national interest. That is why the patriotic choice is for a Britain that continues to lead in the world by leading in Europe. To do otherwise would not only limit the opportunities of our children and grandchildren, but their ability to meet the challenges of tomorrow. So this is the moment to decide whether we want to be great or little Britain.
Vote Leave cannot credibly deny the fact that a leaving the EU would be a leap in the dark that would put the UK economy at risk. A vote to stay is a vote for certainty and to secure jobs, lower prices and financial security for British families.
Yes the button has been pressed for the EU Referendum but the race is truly on for the next Leader of the party and I'm sure the Conservative Party membership shall be vigilantly watching their every move.
All wings of the party are represented in the Labour Leave campaign, so we can boast of being a broad-based movement looking back at a proud history of Labour Euroscepticism and forward to a more democratic and progressive future outside the EU.
Labour hopes that the Conservative Government won't see applying for the Funds as some kind of weakness or worse, be discouraged from applying by those Eurosceptics who see all things EU as intrinsically bad. Not to apply for help from the Solidarity Fund would be a mistake and would likely be heavily criticised by those most impacted by the flooding.
Like it or not, the idea of an in-out referendum will play a big part in the Britain's forthcoming general election. Britons might tell pollsters they care little about the topic, but Europe is woven into so many issues that it will be up there in the headlines day after day. Yet the question of Britain's E.U. membership defies simple answers.
I hold no candle for UKIP, a party whose policies on the EU and on immigration seem to me to be mistaken and which, if it is to make an impact in May, will need to attract some very odd people; but neither are they all racists and, by removing the taboo on the discussion of immigration, they have done their country a great service.