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Let’s bring that London Olympics can-do spirit to Brexit

PUBLISHED: 06:46 19 December 2017

Some of the performers and volunteers at the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony. Britain needs to show a similiar 'let's roll up our sleeves and do it' spirit towards Brexit, says Anne Edwards. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

Some of the performers and volunteers at the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony. Britain needs to show a similiar 'let's roll up our sleeves and do it' spirit towards Brexit, says Anne Edwards. Picture: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

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London 2012 was all-too-easily-forgotten of example of what Britain does best: roll up its sleeves and get on with it. So can we bring that same spirit to Brexit, asks Anne Edwards.

I spent quite a time thinking whether I should write this particular column – it’s something that has been on my mind for a while.

As a poor sleeper, I don’t got up to the Land of Nod until the early hours of the morning, and consequently find myself watching videos on my laptop. My favourite for the last several months and ones which make me swell with pride, are the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics.

The pageantry was brilliant, as was the music, the theatre of the occasion and the coming together of a nation to celebrate our part in Olympics history.

In the film of the Queen being collected by Bond… James Bond aka Daniel Craig, for her helicopter ride to the stadium, we see people cheering, waving Union flags – and even Churchill’s statue giving us a wave.

Ah, those heady days of unity and pride. And then we came down to earth with a clunk – and the dreaded European question.

Sides were taken, family members were pitted against each other, friends fell out… and the rhetoric was everywhere you looked and on everything you listened to.

But it was interesting, and at the count at Great Yarmouth Town Hall in the early hours of the morning the day after the vote, I was tingling with excitement, and asking the question, was this to be the dawn of a new era?

I had no problem with people voting whichever way they wanted – as long as they used their vote for a true democratic UK-wide decision. And that decision was made: to leave the EU.

That is democracy. The deed is done. Just like the deed was done to confirm our Common Market membership with a public vote.

But now the country is being torn apart, not by the people in the streets so much, no, we’re just confused and want to know what’s going on. It is our so-called political representatives who are fighting among themselves as Remoaners or Brexiteers. Oh dear.

Can we not capture some of that 2012 unity and just get on with it – as people in this country have always done? Please.

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