Compromise over the EU is not a bad thing
✒ I HAVE sympathy with Alex Chalk MP when he talks of compromise regarding the Brexit negotiations.
Although devastated when I woke the morning after the referendum in 2016, I thought there would be negotiation and compromise between the UK government and the EU which would result in a respectful relationship which would enable the trading of goods and allow the UK service industry, which relies heavily on trade within the EU, to continue.
I thought there might be joint working in other important areas such as respecting and guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens, security, climate action and the promotion of continued peaceful working relationships.
I was prepared for these decisions and compromises.
But as Mrs May drew her red lines, showed a lack of respect for EU nationals living in the UK and her rhetoric started about ‘No Deal is better than a Bad Deal’ I began to realise that as one of the 48 per cent who voted to remain , this significant percentage was going to be discounted as Mrs May tried to satisfy the ERG and the more right wing elements in her party.
More information became available, that the referendum vote, in my opinion, was compromised due to funding of the Leave campaigns, use of personal data and deliberate misinformation.
Brexit was presented as easily doable and beneficial to the UK in so many areas - the exact opposite has proved to be the case and it is proving to be very much more complicated and detrimental.
I have no recollection of a no deal Brexit being mentioned during campaigning - it was all about how easy it would be to get a ‘great deal.’
So in Mr Chalk’s words I am now an ‘ultra remainer.’
My dearest wish is to wake up to find Article 50 has been revoked so the UK can get on with sorting out the domestic issues that need attention and move out of this Brexit nightmare.
Unlike ultra brexiteers, I do not think the means justify the ends. I think democracy is served better by having a second vote on any deal or no deal option, along with an option to remain in the EU.
Surely this is compromise given the questions around aspects of the first vote, that we have had time to understand the consequences of leaving the EU and we have a more accurate idea of the very many benefits of remaining. Sarah Moliver Cheltenham