Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Do I support it? NO. I am a denialist. That means I do not accept any aspect of this charade. The way the first referendum was held was truly shambolic. The sheer number of lies perpetuated is astonishing. The brilliant website Brexit Lies details a vast number of them. Brexit is our biggest retreat from Europe since Dunkirk. We have distanced ourselves economically, and in many respects politically, from the EU as much as any European country can do.

Brexit is an English-centric phenomenon in which Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales appear as afterthoughts. The sole constitutional voices in the Brexit process are nearly all English, first in the referendum itself, and then in Parliament. Neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland nor Wales are constitutionally empowered to express a voice on the matter of EU membership. The Youtube video below features a brilliant speech by Sir John Major. It outlines the realities of Brexit.

The EU was created to ensure peace in a continent torn by centuries of conflict that culminated in WW2. Within the European Economic Area, there has been no war since 1945; this peace, known as Pax Europaea (European peace), is the longest since the end of Pax Romana in 180 CE. For this achievement, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

I think rejoining the EU is now inevitable. The case for inevitability is primarily an economic and trading one. In an extreme scenario, it is possible that the UK will have failed to secure any meaningful free trade deals with the EU or with America, let alone China and India, by the time of a general election in 2024 or 2029. The economy will stagnate. The notion of “taking back control” will have been shown up for being rather hollow, instead, we will be the “sick man of Europe”. Lord Kerr said that other member states were unlikely to seek exit once the consequences of Brexit became clear. The EU didn’t disintegrate as UKIP claimed. If anything, they have become stronger! Moreover, now that Joe Biden is the President of the USA and wants to do business with the EU, the Uk is fast running out of options!

Events over the past few years highlight a number of issues. It is important to use this opportunity to make changes across the board. The first-past-the-post system is clearly outdated. Both the UK and the EU need to reform and establish a good government at the local, national and European levels. I thus support Volt UK. Volt UK’s Manifesto stands for a Britain based on a strong political union between its nations, where risks are shared and benefits reach all, and where every person has a real voice. You can read their manifesto here

I have been a passionate “remainer/rejoiner/denialist” for a very long time and will continue to be one. Rejoining the European Union is simply the best option for the UK. Please contact me for more information.

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.