We are in a shock, even at end of the weekend.
I will say a good, pleasant shock.
Shock from realizing the fact that it is possible to be strong to stand for what we believe in.
Strong enough to say no to establishment, no to the disconnected politicians, no to banks and economic institutions, no to the world politicians who want to impose their selfish decisions on us.
Against all these massive, imposing establishments we strongly replied with a “No, thank you”.
We, as a country, have spoken to stay away from EU. The verdict is in. Let us respect the verdict and move ahead.
The question is how? How should we move ahead? What are the immediate steps?
I could think of the following:
1. Heal the wounds
First of all, heal the self-inflicted wounds. The referendum was not less than a fierce war. Cabinet members against each other, party members against each other, friends against each other; people in all wakes of lives trading verbal – and even physical – blows against each other. In hindsight, the referendum war could’ve been fought with much less animosity and hatred from both sides.
It is now time to remove the hate and anger against each other. It is time to realise that democracy has spoken and we are in this together to move forward.
2. Give time for reactions to calm down
Currently, the fear, doubt, anger and frustration of all who stood against the Leave vote are in full play. These emotions results in the reactive, negative responses.
Whether it is
- rest of the world (market / pound crashes, negative ratings),
- the Remain supporters (fear, resignations, unbelief, sarcasm)
- European Leads (demands for quick action),
- Countries participating in the UK (Scottish/Irish referendum asks to get out of UK) or even
Let us give them time to express their emotions and fears. After the initial reactions, the emotions will calm down. Once done, the brains and minds will regain control. Once in control, logic will eventually kick-in. The logic will shed light to facts on what UK is, and how much is in stake for all involved.
3. Give ample time to think what we want and how best we could achieve it.
Ignore the warnings and demands from the EU leaders on quick actions.
The Remain / Leave referendum was an internal affair to find out what we think as a country. We have not yet given any formal information or notice to the EU. Per books, UK is still where we were before 23rd June.
So take this period to think – all possibilities, circumstances and ways forward.
4. Change the Government, cabinet and thus it’s thought process.
The current lot stood too strongly for Remain and they are defeated. It is not logical, fair or viable to expect that the group who were dead against an action will work towards fulfilling the same – against their wills.
At the very least, there should be a leadership change. David Cameron, his Exchequer and the EU-supporting cabinet members SHOULD step aside. Even better will be a general election, through which the public can elect a new lot to kick-start the next actions.
5. Once all of above are in place, it is time to take each debated item, one by one.
Once we are ready, it is time to take each debated item, one by one:
(a) Immigration: Debate, discuss and put in place a comprehensive immigration policy that is global based, controlled based on requirements and skills, at the same time compassionate on asylum seeks from war-torn countries and others with humanitarian requirements.
(b) Re-allocation of EU contributions to
- Farmers / Fisheries
- Education / science / research
- Businesses and industries that need support
I am not an expert. It is the job for economists to explain how this can be achieved.
But I am sure of one thing. If EU were able take money from us and give a fraction of it as giveback and satisfy above group of our fellow country-men, then we could surely be able to use the whole contribution to make their lives even better.
(c) Co-operation with rest of the world – including EU
(d) TU working rules, facilities and benefits
(e) Industries, businesses and economic institutions.
I have a lot to write on each of these items! On that in coming days/weeks.
6. Invoke Article 50
Once we are ready, then – AND THEN ONLY – invoke article 50.
Per me, these are the immediate next steps to convert the SHOCK to STRENGTH.
There is nothing to lose, but a lot to gain, if we are TOGETHER.
We can successfully accomplish what we voted for, if we stand TOGETHER.
We can see the UK getting stronger, powerful in not very distant future – if we work for it, TOGETHER.