Time permits only a brief post today.
The British people have spoken via the ballot box.
Will June 24 be considered as the UK’s ‘independence day’? I hope so.
The results of the EU Referendum were 51.9% Leave and 48.1% Remain with turnout at just over 72%.
Unfortunately, our Prime Minister David Cameron resigned shortly after 8 a.m. today, Friday, June 24. He did this of his own accord. He stated that he would remain as PM until the Conservative Party conference in October, when a new party leader will be chosen.
Brexit may well trigger a second independence referendum in Scotland.
However, despite market upsets earlier today in stocks and Sterling, similar exit referenda might now be held elsewhere in Europe. I was listening to RMC’s (French talk radio) programmes today. The flagship morning programme took a listeners’ poll on the topic; 73% of them would like a referendum! A conservative French MP said that Brexit was a clear signal that EU elites in Brussels need to start listening to European citizens. He is absolutely right.
Columnist Brendan O’Neill said the same thing in The Spectator:
This result should send a clear warning to every politician and bureaucrat: do not dare to take the people for granted; do not presume that they think the same way as you do; do not underestimate their capacity to think about things and discuss them and to chuck out political ideas and systems they don’t like. There is plenty of time for breakdowns of how Britain voted, for tears among the Remain campaign, and for celebrations among Leavers; but for now, let us marvel at the fact that democracy works, that democracy is powerful, and that the people can think for themselves. It is rare that politics makes me get a lump in my throat, but today it has, because generations of people fought and died for the right we have just exercised — the right to determine the destiny of our nation and to change the world.
I can’t top that.
I will be celebrating in full today: lunch with a party to follow this evening.
More analysis will come in the coming weeks.
To all those who voted for the people and democracy, many thanks!