What a mess. What a shambles.
To be fair I always thought that Brexit was a dreadful idea. But even I could not have predicted the chaos we are now in.
People voted to leave for a variety of reasons. Some just don’t like being in the EU and think that, even in a modern, interconnected but dangerous world we are somehow better off on our own.
Others tell me that they wanted controls on immigration – which is understandable. Although it rather calls into question how we’d fill hundreds of thousands of jobs from the food processing industry and the hospitality sector to the NHS.
Many people wanted to vote against something because, after years of cuts to public services, low wage growth and increasing insecurity, they needed to protest and be listened to.
But I am pretty sure nobody voted to be worse off, and even the government’s own figures show that the best estimate of the effect of Brexit will be a 2% shrinking of the economy. That’s the same as the global financial crash of ten years ago, which we are still recovering from.
And the problem with the Northern Ireland border cannot be resolved without endangering the peace process. For me this is one of the most crucial issues, because I remember the news bulletins every night from my childhood detailing yet another terrorist attack.
The reality of Brexit is getting closer now too and we have a better idea what it will look like: the government is stockpiling medicines, making plans to turn motorways around Dover into a lorry park as customs checks return (and that problem will affect Holyhead too, so jamming up the A55 near us) and even talking about hoarding food. The whole country will turn into a giant foodbank.
The Prime Minister has come back with a deal of sorts, but it does not protect jobs or the environment, and is only a basic sketch of what life post-Brexit would be like. There is no detail. As things stand, I could not vote for it.
Nor will I support a “least worst” option and be forced to accept second best for our country.
In this chaotic atmosphere things move fast, and as I write at the start of the week, I am not sure what the situation will be as the Chester Standard hits the streets on Thursday.
With no Commons majority for any solution, I can well understand why there are now increasing calls for a People’s Vote on whether to accept the PM’s deal, or remain in the EU and reform it.