The decision of the Prime Minister to step down following the BREXIT victory in the advisory referendum has kick started a stupidly damaging cycle of knee jerk decision making , when what is needed is a period of careful thought about what it means. Less than 75% of the electorate voted and the result was very close. – no basis for taking a major constitutional change. With the potential bitterness of a Tory Party election leadership struggle, elements in the Labour Party are taking steps that are likely to destroy it.
Here in Croydon 54.3% voted for and 45.7% on a 69.9% turnout.
Croydon North Steve Reed fears an increase in Croydon unemployment if Britain leaves Europe.
Council Leader Tony Newman warns that the BREXIT result could lead developers to cancel their projects in the Town Centre. He has written to Westfield and Hammerson to seek assurances that they will not do this.
I have emailed Tony Newman as follows:
‘I have read the local press reportage of your concern that Westfield and Hammerson might pull the plug on the Whitgift Centre development.
As one of the few people who has opposed the scheme and invested a lot of time into the CPO inquiry to argue against it, I personally hope that they will pull the plug on it, as indeed I hope that many of the other approved developments in the Town Centre will not proceed.
I take this view because I have never believed that the schemes of private developers are in the interests of Croydon residents.
I have also all along argued the need for a Plan B in case the scheme did not go ahead for any reasons.
As someone who voted REMAIN I think it is premature to take hasty decisions about what BREXIT might mean. The referendum only has an advisory status. It is up to Parliament to decide whether to accept that advice or to consider adopting an alternative way forward. It would be justified in doing so because of the narrowness of the LEAVE majority, and the split in view between different parts of the country.
I suspect that the rejection of REMAIN in the North is much more complex than the issue of immigration, but related to the long process of destruction of the local economies and their adverse effects on the local communities started by Thatcher, and the way in which financial and property development interests have sucked resources into London, aided by the London Mayors cross-Party commitment to letting London expand without adequate controls to ensure the adequate development of supporting infrastructure and services, a concern flagged up by an alliance of community groups in the consultation on the first London Plan. It seems that a strong element in the LEAVE support in the North was anti-austerity using the referendum to say so to the Government, failing to realise that BREXIT could result in an even more pro-austerity right-wing Government.
We need to keep in sight the fact the referendum was not about national interest but about delaying the potential civil war within the Tory Party over Europe, Cameron dealing with his LEAVE faction within the Tory Party.
It is to be hoped that there will be REMAIN MPs in both the main political parties working with the Lib Dems and the SNP who will argue the case that the result of the referendum gives Parliament the opportunity to re-open discussions on the need for reform to Europe, and only if that fails having to move to LEAVE.’
Note: I am not a member of any political party.