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Why the UK needs another referendum

We had a referendum in June of 1975 where we decided to join the EU. If we can have another one to leave, why can’t we have a third to allow us to rethink that move?

We were lied to about Brexit

I was told Brexit would mean lower food prices, more money for the NHS and more control. But it was all a lie.

Since the vote, the pound has dropped like a stone. Unsurprisingly food prices have gone up and not down. We might be getting rid of the Common Agriculture Policy (of the 18% increase in food prices fame) but at such a cost that we will have been better off with a law that needs fixing than without it.

The NHS is struggling like never before. So far, the cost of Brexit could have paid for 790,984 new nurses. We were told that there would be more money for the NHS with Brexit but we got less money for the NHS.

I thought the Leave campaign wanted us to have more control. Instead, we’ve handed control to a small group of rich people that would rather spend a fortune of public money on big dinners instead of feeding school children.

Does EU law trump UK law?

We were told EU rules trump British ones but the truth is not like that. EU can hold sway (unless challenged) but that was the work of our own government and not the EU.

It was our parliament that ruled that EU directives have primacy. In R v Secretary of State for Transport, ex p Factortame Ltd, the House of Lords ruled that courts in the United Kingdom had the power to “disapply” acts of parliament where they conflicted with EU law. That’s not EU dictatorship so much as it is our own leaders doing that to us and then blaming the EU for it.

What a surprise – we were lied to (again). Our own government decided that was how it was to be. And the Tories are hating it.

That’s not the only lie. That same ruling says that British constitutional law comes first.

It is, putting the point at its lowest, certainly arguable (and it is for United Kingdom law and courts to determine) that there may be fundamental principles, whether contained in other constitutional instruments or recognised at common law, of which Parliament when it enacted the European Communities Act 1972 did not either contemplate or authorise the abrogation.

In other words, the EU is not able to outright dictate to the UK. Strongly influence, maybe. Blunt the edges of the more terrible ideas, certainly. But dictate? Not at all. If the issue was EU control it could have been ended with a single simple court challenge. Much cheaper than running a leave campaign.

The truth is, in the contest of EU law vs UK law the difference has never been tested. Or to put it another way – the UK government pretty much just agreed with the EU. We always had control but never felt the need to use it.

UK government a threat to the safety of people like me?

Since we joined, the EU has been the final court of appeal for those times my own government wants to screw me over. Much like the Tories are trying to do at the moment. A big part of that safeguard is human rights (there is a bit more to it than that, obviously).

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union brings together the essential human rights of everyone living in the European Union. After Brexit, the Government has said the Charter will no longer have effect in UK law. That’s right, human rights end at Brexit.

Right now the Charter of Fundamental Rights does apply but that has not stopped our government discounting it when it suits them. The Department for Work and Pensions recently won the right to have benefit appeals ignore human rights. And yet we were told the EU was dictating our laws – it sees we were able to ignore those laws whenever we wanted to.

If they can do that while we are in the EU how much power does the EU really have to dictate our laws?

If they can do that while we are still in the EU what do the Tories have planned for when we leave?

One study has linked Tory austerity to 120,000 extra deaths. I’ll say it again, extra deaths. That’s 120,000 dead while the Tories are still saddled with the EU.

Without the EU to slow them down, how bad can it get?

Tory death machine

Many of these deaths have been linked to unreasonable an inhumane benefit sanctions. I’m not talking about giving the workshy a push, I’m talking cruel and unreasonable treatment of the sick and weak.

I live in constant pain. As a result, I depend on benefit payments to employ someone to help me do the things you may take for granted. As such, the Tories would love to add me to the list of those killed by their austerity measures.

I might have had a way out – I’m a skilled IT worker (albeit with a limited ability to commute). Were the economy more buoyant, I might have been able to start a self-employed practice. Maybe. I did that before when I was fully healthy.

However, with the looming Brexit damaging the economy self-employment offers no hope of escape for me. I’d need the EU to sell to. I’d need the EU to keep many of my potential UK customers in business too.

For me, Brexit means being trapped in a system that wants to kill me.

The EU might not be perfect. The EU is certainly not all that powerful (despite lies told by the few rich businessmen who do benefit from Brexit). But it is all some of us have to protect us from morally bankrupt politicians.

Brexit makes my job prospects worse

I’m disabled. So what? I can still work. I can still write the best damn PHP code in Kent, my SEO is stronger than yours, and my MySQL optimised queries can eat yours for dinner – I challenge any developer to test me on this. I’m a safe bet for employment.

Or I would be if anyone was hiring. Thanks for that Brexit.

Why is no one hiring? That’d be because Brexit tanked the pound and firms stop hiring when that happens. Oh, yeah, and I guess my physical limitations make me a seem like more of a risk – which I have to say really sucks.

I could go self-employed but my best clients would be in the EU so that’s going to be tricky. Not to mention self-employment is hard as it comes when you are healthy and the Tories have made getting out of the benefit trap that much harder anyway.

I’ve scrapped so many business plans because, as we Brexit under the Tories, they’d all mean starving on the streets.

Normally I’d be hoping that the EU would curtail the Tories but, as we said, Brexit.

Brexit offers me zero benefit

There is not one good thing for me in Brexit.

For me, Brexit means:

  • Higher food prices.
  • Being trapped on benefits with failing health in a tanking economy
  • Worse employment prospects.
  • Meaner, harsher Tories.
  • Reduced human rights.
  • Less security.
  • Fewer opportunities.
  • A shorter, more painful life.

We were told that the referendum was to advise the government. We were not told that we could be shredding the human rights act, exiting the single market, and severing all ties with the continent.

Why, yes I am taking this personally?

You say I am taking all this a bit too personally? Damn right I’m taking this personally – my future, my dignity, and my employability are gone the moment we depart the EU.

If you voted to leave the EU, you did not know it but you also voted to make me jobless.

If you voted to leave the EU you also voted for the Tories to freely abuse me and people like me. You might not have intended that but it is happening anyway.

If you voted to leave the EU you also voted to strip me of the rights that barely hold back a system designed to kill people like me. Yes, kill us. 120,000 of us.

For me; stopping Brexit is not just a matter of principle but a matter of survival.

We had a referendum in 1975 to join the EU and another one to leave. We need a third to allow us to rethink the first two.

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