Time for truth­based poll on EU

The Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

THE time has surely come to stop say­ing “one re­spects the EU ref­er­en­dum re­sult” before talk­ing of a long tran­si­tion pe­riod, re­main­ing in the cus­toms union or sin­gle mar­ket (Let’s de­bate a sec­ond EU ref­er­en­dum, Ed­i­to­rial, Oc­to­ber 1). We in Scot­land, with a “Re­main” vote of 62 per cent (and re­cent rep­utable opin­ion polls at 65 per cent) can say we do not re­spect it. The ref­er­en­dum re­sult, like a car’s MOT, told you the sit­u­a­tion on one day only.

Par­lia­ment, the civil ser­vice and ju­di­ciary all know that Brexit is an un­mit­i­gated dis­as­ter. What’s changed is that the ordinary per­son in the street now re­alises too. Of course, the cam­paign was based on lies. Some be­lieved the £350 mil­lion on the side of a bus. Some were spooked by the Ukip poster of refugees (on the Slove­nian/Croa­t­ian bor­der), and some, let’s be hon­est, were racist.

You are right in call­ing for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum based on truth. Peo­ple now know they get fewer eu­ros on hol­i­day. Their choco­late bar is smaller. In­fla­tion is up, mort­gage rate rises are im­mi­nent. Su­per­mar­kets can no longer hold down prices.

Our EU doc­tors, nurses and berry pick­ers are go­ing home. We will no longer have ac­cess to the EU ar­rest war­rant so will not be as safe. Brexit has en­dan­gered our fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try while three mil­lion Bri­tish jobs de­pend on the EU. We were part of the world’s most suc­cess­ful trad­ing bloc. Other trade deals can­not com­pare. Hun­dreds of mil­lions of EU aid to Scot­tish farm­ers will cease. Work­ers’ rights, which we take for granted, are due to EU law. Our roads, rail­ways, hos­pi­tals and uni­ver­si­ties will lose out on EU fund­ing.

We need the SNP, LibDems and Greens to make it clear a ref­er­en­dum will be called once the Brexit terms are known. The Janus-faced Labour po­si­tion on the EU be­trays Scot­land. John V Lloyd In­verkei­thing

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