Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

Brexit debate kills off action on the things that really matter!

by Ian Shires on 3 December, 2018

Image result for brexit splits the UK, sets neighbour against neighbourFollowing the resignation of yet another Minister on Friday, the Universities Minister Sam Gyimah, Mrs May virtually admitted that Brexit has been a distraction which has kept her and her Government from dealing with the things that really matter to people.

The Brexit Referendum on the 23 June 2016 split opinion across the country. In the two and a half years since then, in or out, deal or no deal, Brexit has dominated over the very issues which caused the Brexit vote in the first place; the ever widening gap between the haves and the have nots. The very people that Mrs May said she would do something about.

We are reaching the endgame and still the toffs in the Tory party along with their supporters and hangers on, are dominating the media whilst the things that really matter to the majority of us keep being kicked further down the road.

Democracy didn’t end on the 23 June 2016. It’s taken two and a half long years to get to the point where there is a deal on the table. Two and a half years. Remember, the gang of three, Farage, Gove and Johnson led us to believe that we could just walk away into a utopia and everything in the garden would be rosy.

That didn’t happen did it? At least now we know which was fantasy and which was fact. Surly now is the time for a peoples vote not another debate getting us nowhere. A peoples vote won’t be about turning the clock back to June 2016. A peoples vote would open the door for people to have a bigger say in decisions which directly affect them. Setting out a more positive and hopeful future. One in which prosperity is shared out more widely and fairly.

There needs to be further investment in health and social care. There needs to be a new UK      order which sees those areas which have been starved of meaningful investment get their fair share of the country’s wealth and there needs to be investment targeted at communities where migration has been experienced in unusual numbers. We all need to remember that EU citizens living in the UK contribute positively to the tune of £4.7bn each year to the public purse.

Time’s running out. No one said the EU was perfect. I’m not a remainer, I’m a reformer and you can only reform something from within.

 

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