So the Brexit vote is over, world war three didn’t happen but the UK economy took a beating.
The UK has rejected membership of “Club EU” seen by many to be some sort of perverse manifestation of an elite group of Freemasons dedicated to ensuring that only they get their fair share of sweeties from the children’s party.
Where do we go from here?
Well for what it is worth here is my vision of the future and how we can learn to work together for mutual benefit rather than exclusive interests.
Firstly I hope to see politicians across the spectrum, both in UK and Europe to act like the adults that they are an engage in constructive dialogue rather than destructive rhetoric.
The UK is not alone in voicing concerns over the EU management. Already, not 48 hours after the vote Germany is voicing fears that France, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands and Hungary may follow the UK.
Germany, USA and Canada have announced their desire to set up new trade deals quickly and the German finance ministry have recommended making the UK an “associated partner country” for the remaining 27 nations.
Perhaps it is being recognised that there is a need for change and that flexibility is the only way that the EU will not break.
So my hope is that we can press the “reset” button rather than the “Reject” button, take back out borders, take back our sovereignty and re-establish the EU as a trading partner in “common market” where we trade with each other for out mutual benefit while respecting our own cultures and values.
To control our borders, not close the shutters but to re-establish all that it was to be British; to provide safe haven to those who are genuinely in need, to provide opportunities for those wishing to come to the UK to become part of out culture and economy but to have the right to say “No” to those who can not show us they can contribute something positive to the country or even seek to cause us harm
A country which can show the same welcome to people from South America, Asia, Africa for example and offer them the same opportunities as those seen as a right by any European. Only be treating everyone the same can we really say we are inclusive and not exclusive.
Let us continue to buy our German cars, French Wine or Italian Olives to support their economies but we must also offer the same non discriminatory deal to those selling Argentinian Wine, African Coffee Beans or Korean cars. That way we are inclusive not exclusive.
But we must remain mindful that our own residents must not be disadvantaged unfairly. We can only be strong and support others if we are ourselves strong.
We must be able to intervene and support our own industries without being told we are being unfair. Subsidise our steel industry because we will need it one day. Build our tanks in UK made from British Steel, not in Spain from Swedish Steel due to some perverse EU tendering regulation because we need to support our own industries, create our own jobs, reduce reliance on benefits, create wealth to build new schools and hospitals and then staff them with yet more professionals drawn for both the existing UK work market and people from around the world who can come here, be part of our prosperity and contribute to help build a better future for all.
Lastly we need to look at political accountability. Politicians seem to have the ability to get rich at the expense of the working people, ignore what they were elected to do and tell us what is best for us.
What tempers that? They have to show some restraint as they know that every 5 years the public will vote and they may lose their place at the fat cat table. If has some effect but as we have seen over the last few decades it has done little more than tinker at the edges of restraint.
My greatest fear is the power of the un-elected body that is the European commission, 10,000+ faceless bureaucrats earning more than a UK prime minster telling us what we can and can’t do without being accountable in any way to the UK people. Unfettered power that could be used to strip away the last remnants of democratic accountability leading to a dictatorship greater than ever seen in a supposedly democratic continent.
So lets stop fighting among ourselves, sit down around the table, bury out differences, start constructive dialogue, work out how we can restore democracy, increase social inclusion, extend our hand in friendship around the world inviting others to be part of a dream were we put mutual benefit before petty rules created by faceless bureaucrats in furtherance of their own power and status.
Let us say to the world “we are here for you” but in a manner where we also say but only if you are here for us.
A world were those who are genuinely in need though poverty, disability, persecution or discrimination can be welcomed and given the help and support they genuinely need but those who choose not to live up to their social responsibility, abide by our laws or refuse to make a contribution to society are held to account and suffer consequences.
Maybe i am being quixotic, maybe not but we all have a right to dream, My dream is to be free of the EU shackles and become and inclusive socially responsible society which rewards hard work, entrepreneurial spirit , incentivizes wealth creation, rewards hard work and dedication but rejects the concept of a free ride.
So that’s it, I have got it off my chest. I am not a professional blogger, newspaper editor or politician, just an ordinary man from a small village in Northumberland who feels he has a right to dream that the world can be a better place post Brexit.
Wishing everyone who reads this a future which makes the world a better place.