Game Changing for Brexit Skeptics
As March 29 2019 grows closer the challenges of getting a 3rd binding Referendum on in or out the EU grow more intense. This is a Remain site broadly backing the 2016 Labour policy of staying in the EU to reform it. The Second Vote of 2016 – the first was in 1975 – was a game of Russian Roulette, politically and metaphorically – but only if there is a game changing strategy over the next nine months can a Brexit disaster be prevented.
This site looks at the specific problems generated by three key areas of debate. State of Play looks at key data in focus, assessing the state of public opinion, and in weather report analyses the problems of a divided politics and the obstacles to a further vote. The Issues section looks at political pressures, both the pro Brexit and anti Brexit forces. The site supports no existing organisation, but makes no secret that the ultimate aim is a broad cross party coalition against Brexit.
Values and ideology have proved more influential than facts and predictions, and the Theory section looks at how key ideas and a distorted history are playing out, with democratic rhetoric justifying government by diktat. The latest posts are set out below and the editorial can be accessed by clicking the button below the last box.
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State of Play Latest
- WR24 Brexit and Wales (4/4/2019) - The key fact here is that in the 2016 referendum Wales voted Leave, (52.5%), unlike Scotland (38.0%) and Northern Ireland (44.2%), which both voted Remain. ( All figures are for Leave). The Wales figure is only marginally less than that for England, (53.4%), although a more accurate comparison, in terms of the economy and society, is probably with just the three Northern English regions and the West Midlands, (An average of 57.2%). The disparity in these votes can be mainly explained by the much greater support for independence in Scotland and Northern Ireland than in Wales, based on the necessity for a small country of remaining in the EU. Plaid Cymru takes essentially the same view, which probably explains the lower Leave vote in Wales than in the four English regions I have compared it with, and the majority Remain vote in the two strongest counties for Plaid Cymru, out of only five Remain counties in Wales. However, there was a strong Leave vote in the old coal valleys of South Wales, particularly in localities to the East where there was little Plaid Cymru influence . This area is strongly Labour, but also, along with West Wales and Cornwall, had
- I9 To Get A Vote, Shift the Article 50 deadline (11/23/2018) - In the House of Lords on October 25th, Lord Kinlochard (John Kerr, the former ambassador) referred to THE ROADMAP TO A PEOPLE'S VOTE* as setting out a strategy for a further referendum on Brexit. The debate did not take up the suggestion but it is important for several reasons, the most imharmediate being what Lord Kerr - one of the main experts on EU law - highlighted as an immediate priority. Lord Kerr said "I acknowledge that it would be necessary to stop the Article 50 clock and obtain an extension of the two year negotiating period". He thought this
- T2 Democracy, Referendums & Brexit Pamphlet (10/27/2018) - Trevor Fisher has written a short pamphlet to explain the background to the issue of referendums and Brexit including the fact that the 2016 referendum was the second one on the issue not the first. To download the pamphlet all we ask is that you give us your email so we can keep you up to date on Brexit Skeptic. We only send out occasional emails and will never use your email for any other purpose. If you have already subscribed to our emails you will get a direct link to the pamphlet in an email. Either way you can save the pdf to your computer to read offline. Just go to File-Save As and save as a PDF. Trevor also has a limited number of printed copies - get in touch if you want one via the contact page.
- T1 Second Referendum Myths (6/19/2018) - It is widely believed that the Second Referendum is yet to come, a now universally shared opinion demonstrating the first (1975) referendum is now invisible. Why is this important? Neither the options available now -which are focussed on the third referendum - nor the rules which were partially established in 1975 and their flaws can be understood without coming to term with the fact that commentators from the Daily Mail, Observer, Guardian, Independent, experts in academia and polling and in all political parties notably those critical of the second referendum do not know it has already taken place. Those who do not understand the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them. This list is random, and will be update whenever more reference to a coming second referendum are found. Feel free to send in more when you see them please. Trevor Fisher Media Myopia OPEN BRITAIN REMAIN RELAUNCHES - BUT GIVES UP HOPE FOR A SECOND REFERENDUM CAMPAIGN Tom Peck, Independent, 28th August 2016 "The official Remain Campaign, known as Britain stronger in Europe, has relaunched as a campaign group called Open Britain, but has stopped short of calling for a Second Referendum, and says controls on free movement
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