We need a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum as the politi­cians have messed up

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

MEA­SURED by any yard­stick, the Tories’ strat­egy for ne­go­ti­at­ing a break from the EU has failed dis­mally.

The party is hope­lessly di­vided on what Brexit should mean, more bit­terly now than ever be­fore when Mr Cameron called a ref­er­en­dum in the hope that the re­sult would shut up the anti-EU grum­blers once and for all. It is lit­tle ap­pre­ci­ated just how lit­tle re­spect there is and has been for the Tory Party in Brus­sels. In 2014, Cameron forced his MEPs to join an al­liance of ex­treme right-wingers in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, much to the sur­prise and dis­gust of more mod­er­ate Chris­tian Democrats like An­gela Merkel.

Just a few days ago, Tory MEPs ab­stained in a cen­sure mo­tion of the Hun­gar­ian racist PM Vic­tor Or­gan.

Decades of lies and in­sults by Tory- lean­ing news­pa­pers have not gone un­no­ticed. Mar­garet Thatcher bul­lied and nagged and chivvied. Is it any won­der that the Tory Party is in­tensely dis­liked? Drac­ula would have stood a bet­ter chance of mak­ing a deal!

So now what? A blind Brexit with all its dis­as­trous con­se­quences? Brexit vot­ers know deep down they made a mis­take but many are too proud or stub­born to ad­mit it.

Per­haps, even if they do not care whether they will suf­fer per­son­ally or not, they should look at their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren and swal­low their pride. Sec­ond ref­er­en­dum now! - be­cause the politi­cians have ut­terly messed up and are too in­com­pe­tent to get the coun­try out of this ter­ri­ble mess.

John Payne

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