Churchill said the reward of victory is responsibility. Yet what followed the First World War was hardly a land fit for heroes and two decades later Europe was plunged into a second civil war – that’s why Churchill was so keen on increasing European cooperation. So it’s ironic that at this time of remembrance, Britain is seeking to leave the very organisation which has helped sustain peace for more than 70 years. Once the solemnity of services ended, what everyone, from vicars to veterans, wanted to talk about was what’s happening with Brexit?
Time is running out to get a deal through and so, it seems, is support. Leaving the institutions of the EU but staying in a customs union may be designed to stop a hard border in Ireland and prevent the massive economic harm of a no deal but it satisfies few people.
Brexiteers say it’s not leaving and we’d still be signed up to EU rules without being able to change them. Rather than a full English Brexit, it means getting to pick off a menu chosen for us. On the other hand, it creates uncertainty, because a future Government could crash out regardless.
I will not vote for a deal which damages our area or holds that threat over us. And it maybe time – in the words of former minister Jo Johnson – to check with the British people whether this really is what they voted for.