Thursday 23rd June 2016 referendum > to leave achieved with a majority much less comfortable than would have been desirable for a democratic process which potentially could result in a decision with far reaching consequences.
- historians look back = benefit of hindsight = data showing exactly how damaging vote to leave has been
- diminution in trade between UK + EU, particularly in food + drink sent from this country = marked decline. £1.7 billion of produce exported to EU in 1st quarter of 2021. Compared to 1st quarter of 2020 > represented a fall of 46.6%.
- 2020 Europe struggling to cope with first wave of pandemic > trade disrupted.
- Comparison with 2019 = decline of 55.1% (decline of trade in food + drink of approximately £2 billion).
- Dominic Goudie, head of international trade at FDF = seen already following trade barriers implemented on 1st January following end of the transition = “very clear indication” of what is likely to be faced in the longer term.
- impact border Ireland = critical to avoid any semblance of checks on the border for goods => ‘backstop’ = toxic to diehard Brexiters > desire to maintain integrity of the union between Great Britain & Northern Ireland
Dr. Steven McCabe
Exactly five years ago the UK public were asked to vote on continued membership of the EU. This vote, we were told, would be a way of deciding whether we wished to continue to ne members of an organisation whose roots can be traced back to the chaos produced in the second world war.
The result of the referendum, held on Thursday 23rd June 2016, to leave, was achieved with a majority much less comfortable than would have been desirable for a democratic process which potentially could result in a decision with far reaching consequences. As we’re only now beginning to realise, the desire by those who supported leave by the ‘hardest’ means possible, and who now control government, is resulting in a profoundly altered relationship with our closest neighbour and who, lest we forget, so much was endured to achieve freedom from the tyranny of…
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