I would still vote Brexit tomorrow, even more so

PUBLISHED: 09:01 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 17 May 2018

Where is Britain's place in the world? (Picture: Thinstock)

Where is Britain's place in the world? (Picture: Thinstock)


A child came up to me the other day waved a stick in my direction and said “stupefy”.

I think he was pretending to be Harry Potter, unless he actually wanted to render me befuddled.

It doesn’t take much to get befuddled these days to be honest though, does it?

You only have to listen to our politicians talking about Brexit to get utterly confused.

Regular readers might remember that I unashamedly voted to leave the EU to give Britain a fighting chance in a fast changing world.

I would vote to leave again, and with more conviction, tomorrow, as I know for a fact what I have always suspected, and what history has always shown us, that our European neighbours have “interests” not “friends” or “partners” and Britain has, and needs, outward-looking, economic global perspectives and ambitions, that have been thwarted by the EU for too long.

Indeed, it seems to me obvious that we should leave a supranational institution which denies and ignores the voice of the people across the nations of its membership.

If history tells me one thing, it’s that ever closer union and the quasi-totalitarian ideology behind it is highly dangerous and usually deeply unpleasant.

To be able to vote to leave I was “given the honour of striking a blow for freedom which will live in history; and in the better days that lie ahead, men will speak with pride of our doings.”

Despite this, I fear our pervading lack of confidence in our nation and its future will probably result in EU membership in all but name.

In other words, an awful fudge.

Whatever happens, and if the truth be told it won’t make that much difference in the end whether we are in or out of the EU, the question at the root of all this is simple: where is Britain’s place in the world?

It seems to me that we have lost our identity and, in some ways, our integrity.

Britain appears to be frightened and weak and old; we have a government unsure and increasingly divided on where to lead us, and an opposition proposing an equally fantastic socialist and unrealistic past.

Perhaps we will look back on these years as the moment in which Britain redefined itself for the 21st century.

I suspect, that’s what Brexit will be in the end, a moment of soul searching and anxiety. And, however, tricky it might be to go through, any period of introspection and self-analysis usually results in the realisation that things weren’t as bad as they seemed, at least that’s what history suggests, however befuddling it all is.

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