It was a good edition of the World at One today. After all the depressing ‘your morbid intuition was right, paedophiles are everywhere‘ headlines, they reported on Blair and Major’s ideas for referendum v2 in a few years, had a moronic Brexiteer tell us how clubs should work, and then Nick Clegg said sensible things about pluralism, negotiation and liberalism. This has prompted me to write a little, five months on from that decision.
The High Court ruled yesterday that Parliament must vote on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The government were attempting to pervert the constitution of the United Kingdom, and thanks to Judicial oversight, were stopped before inviting a dangerous, tyrannical precedent.
The following are posts made by family and friends, or friends of friends of mine on Facebook and other social networks in the 24 hours following the British decision to leave the EU.
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As someone living in a timezone seven hours ahead of the UK, I didn’t wake up to news that the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. I sat and listened to hour after excruciating hour of results, predictions, comments and market reaction.
I subtitle this post, in the immortal words of Lord Kitchener, said as he encouraged men to enlist to fight in The Great War:
“Be certain that your so-called reason is not a selfish excuse”
Using two examples around data protection and privacy that I recently encountered, I will argue against the ever-popular opinion that European Union (EU) regulation is limiting Britain, and that leaving would benefit the majority of us.
At this referendum, many of the arguments by the leave side are focused on voting leave as taking an opportunity, free from the reams of European dictacts, laws and courts, to implement a newly imagined political future.
I’m all about asking the questions ‘how did we get here, why are things done this way, and how could they be done better?’, and so I support this honourable and necessary endeavour.
However, for this particular vote at this particular juncture the two issues I would raise are thus:
The European Union (EU) is boring. It is procedural and legalistic and dull. At university I took every opportunity to study any module that was not about the EU.