Twenty-Third of June 2016 while being celebrated by some was a headache for most. June 23rd, 2016 was not supposed to turn out the way it did. People who participated in that referendum were supposed to return a remain verdict which would have ceased every Eurosceptic in the Conservative Party. It was never about the people, it was always about those in power. The early hours of 24th saw a flurry of activity, Farage, the UKip leader at the time, or was he, they have had so many it is hard to tell. Anyway, Farage, convinced he had lost the vote had almost conceded. The shock on his face evident, even he had not expected to win. Therefore, no plan for leaving the European Union had been considered, let alone drawn up and it was very telling on the faces of those in the leave campaign.
By early morning a small crowd had gathered outside the home of Boris Johnson, a leader of the leave campaign who should have been smiling in victory but was anything but. London had voted to remain in the European Union as had Northern Ireland and of course Scotland. Wales and England had voted to leave, therefore what faced Westminster and Brussels was a great big headache. And the need for a plan to find a way out of the mess.
From that day on those who voted to leave have been told they did not know what they were voting for. How utterly condescending can those in power be. How dare they blame the public for not giving them the result they wanted. Or indeed the result they had planned for.
In the immediate aftermath chaos reigned, Westminster, Brussels and the media hinted at what a colossal mistake the public had just made. Never once did they ask why those who voted to remove themselves from the European Union did so. There are many reasons for that leave vote, but the authorities pushed the immigration stance of a minority of people. There were too many people coming here taking our jobs. Was one reason. Well whose job did they take? The job those who had used the freedom of movement to go and work elsewhere in the European Union. Had they taken the job of the person complaining? Maybe, then again maybe not. Then there was that bus, millions of pounds for our beloved National Health Service. Some had voted for the money we sent to the European Union to be put into the NHS instead. Like that would happen. Money saved would be pushed elsewhere. Probably on some illegal war somewhere. Or on weapons of mass destruction that occupy a great big River in Scotland. As previously stated those who voted to leave the European Union did so for many reasons. Like the fact that the European Union is a top down organisation, meaning the laws come from elitist bureaucrats at the top which then filter down through to the European Parliament where our elected politicians sit; one of the reasons I personally voted to leave was the fact that negotiations on TTIP were being conducted in secrecy. With our elected politicians only able to go in and look, they could not take notes, had to leave their mobile phone outside and most certainly could not discuss their findings with the public. That is the most underhand thing I have ever come across and it is most certainly not democracy.
Days after the vote were very telling, Leader of the Scottish Government Nicola Sturgeon immediately summoned a press conference to address the assembled gathering and give an account of where Scotland stood at that moment, she said: “Yesterday Scotland, like London, like Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union. We voted to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it. We voted to safeguard our freedom to travel, work and study in other European Countries and we voted to renew our reputation as an outward looking open and inclusive country.”
The First Minister went on to reassure that those who had chosen Scotland as their home were welcome and indeed needed and spoke of her duty as First Minister, she said: “…I have a duty to respond, not just to the outcome across the UK but also and in particular to the democratic decision taken by the people of Scotland. As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will. I regard this as democratically unacceptable and of course we face the prospect less than two years after being told that it was our own referendum that would end our membership of the European Union and that only a rejection of independence could protect it. Indeed, for many people the supposed guarantee of remaining in the EU was a driver in their decision to vote to stay within the UK.”
I know a fair few who voted to remain in an unequal union because of that very point. In fact, Better Together pushed that very point, therefore the First Minister has a point when she says: “Yesterdays result represents a significant and material change of circumstances on which Scotland voted against independence in 2014. My job now is to act responsibly and in the interest of all of Scotland and that is what I intend to do…I want to make it absolutely clear today that I intend to take all possible steps and explore all options to give effect to how people in Scotland voted, in other words to secure our continuing place in the EU and the single market in particular.” Sturgeon then went on to inform the gathered press that she had contacted the Prime Minister, (who at that time was still David Cameron) and informed him that the Scottish Government must be fully and directly involved in any and all decisions. We all know how that worked out. Both for Cameron and Scotland.
Scotland has, not only been frozen out of all decisions but has positively been humiliate and talked down to, like some sort of scolded child who has been told to keep out of adult conversations. This union of equals we were told we were has fallen by the way side. Now here we are, mere weeks away, with May counting down the clock until we are faced with her deal or no deal. And a First Minister who has spent these past months trying to keep the whole of the United Kingdom inside the European Union instead of doing what she said she would do on the morning of the EU referendum result.
“Let me address the issue of a second independence referendum. The manifesto that SNP was elected on last month [May] said this. The Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is a significant and material change in circumstances that prevailed in 2014 such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will. Scotland does now face a significant and material change in circumstances and it is therefore a statement of the obvious. That the option of a second referendum must be on the table and it is on the table.”
Is it First Minister? Is the option of a second referendum still on the table? Many of those I have spoken to are becoming increasingly worried that it has been withdrawn. And in its place a proposal for a UK wide referendum on the European Union will be put back to the people. It sure looks that way. Was this the deal done behind closed doors? Scare the public witless, businesses leave, others shed their workforce? Pile on the pain until the public beg for another referendum? I, like many in Scotland voted leave. Not because I am entirely anti-Europe. I am mistrusting of large organisations and that is what the EU is. However, as I have stated before. If it comes down to taking orders from Brussels or taking orders from Westminster I shall have to go with Brussels. I like neither, but there is safety in numbers in the former; the later I fear are a blatant dictatorship. Least the EU hide it a little more.
I support independence for my country, I wish ever country to be independent, not tied to the EU but definitely not tied to the abusive union of the UK, that our ancestors did not vote for and saw them riot in the streets.