As of Friday 22nd March, one petition has gained 3.4 million signatures. It was for revoking Article 50 and remaining in the EU. A day later, there was a large “People’s Vote” protest in London, which hundreds of thousands attended.
Staying in the EU or doing a second referendum would be a catastrophe for democracy. On the 23rd June 2016, millions of voters, many of whom had not voted before, decided to vote in a historic EU referendum. Voters were asked whether they wanted to stay or leave the European Union. The result? 52% (17.4 million) people decided they wanted to leave the European Union.
The next morning, David Cameron resigned. He did not believe, as a Remainer, that he could lead Britain into Brexit. His successor was another Remainer (that wasn’t actually elected by the Conservative Party: she only got into power by being the only one still standing.) At first, she seemed accepting of Brexit and what it actually meant. That was until the Chequers plan, which many Brexiteers didn’t like.
Nearly a year and another terrible deal later, we are now on the verge of a long extension or MPs accepting May’s deal (unlikely.) Whatever happens, we won’t leaving on the 29th March 2019, as promised by the Prime Minister at least 50 times (according to one source.)
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) November 10, 2017
One of the options being considered is to revoke Article 50 and stay in the EU. Now, below are reasons why we shouldn’t do this:
Faith in democracy would be lost
When 17.4 million people cast their vote to leave the EU, they voted, knowing that their vote would be carried out. If we revoke Article 50 and stay in the EU, that trust would be lost. Millions of people will feel that their voice wasn’t listened to. Democracy would effectively be dead, which would be catastrophic – and it will lead to the rise of the far-right.
The rise of the far-right
When people feel that they aren’t being listened to, they tend to join and support extreme parties. This was what happened in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, when hyperinflation and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which forced Germany to accept responsibility for starting the war as well as paying £6 billion in reparations, among other things, contributed to the rise in extreme parties.
There would be multiple riots
If we stayed in the EU, there would be multiple violent riots across the country. This would be because many people would no longer have trust in the democratic system.
Some people want us to stay in the EU. That’s fine. Whilst I disagree with those people, I respect their views. But they need to respect the referendum result.
Take Piers Morgan. He is a Remainer, but respects the referendum result and simply wants Brexit done.
Good luck to everyone on the Losers’ march today, and to everyone signing the Losers’ petition. I lost too, but somehow I found the strength to get over it, thus avoiding making a pointless whiny ‘BUT MY OPINION IS MORE OPINION THAN DEMOCRACY!!’ arse of myself. #Brexit
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 23, 2019
Many people are signing the petition to stay in the EU simply because they’ve had enough of Brexit and they want it done. Well, fear not, there is another option that achieves this.
A no-deal Brexit
It may send shivers down your spine, but here are the benefits of a no-deal Brexit:
- We leave the EU instantly. Under a no-deal (which is still the default option despite Parliament voting it down) we would leave the EU on the 12th April, without a transition period.
- Many products would become cheaper. Under the tariff plans that the government said they would introduce if there was a no-deal, 89% of products would be tariff-free. SOURCE: https://news.sky.com/story/next-could-see-16315m-no-deal-tariff-boost-11671438
- We don’t pay the EU a single penny. If we delayed Brexit, we would pay the EU £1 billion every month we wanted to delay Brexit. Under Theresa May’s deal, we would pay the EU £39 billion. Under a no-deal, we don’t pay them a single penny more. SOURCE: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-delay-could-cost-britain-14117460
Staying in the EU would be the end of democracy. There would be multiple violent riots across the country and far-right groups could become popular. A no-deal is the best way of getting Brexit out-of-the-way, whilst delivering the referendum result, saving billions and making everyday products cheaper.