6 years ago I wrote a post following the UK's decision (by a referendum) to leave the European Union. It was quite a lengthy post and some might deem it political. (If you want to read it go here.)
At the time we were still in shock and no one really knew how leaving the EU would work or be achieved. Firstly we had to have a new Prime Minister because David Cameron, who had stated in his previous election campaign that he would offer a referendum on Europe never expected the UK people would vote to leave. But they did and he chose to fall on his sword and resign.
His successor, Theresa May, was actually a remainer but she did her best to get Brexit done. Unfortunately she failed and also subsequently resigned in 2019 which was when Boris Johnson was elected and, in a way, he got Brexit done.
Revisiting my post today when it came up on my Facebook memories I noted that some of the questions I raised at the time still need answers.
I also asked if Scotland would move to have another Independence Referendum in a bid to remain in the EU? Well now they would be looking to return to the EU and I'm not sure how favourable the terms would be but only this week, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland has announced a new attempt at securing another Independence Referendum to be held in 2023. The UK Government has to approve the holding of a referendum and Boris Johnson is against it but it seems Sturgeon is prepared to involve the courts in the matter so who knows where it will end. Having seen the difficulties in separating ourselves from Europe I cannot see how splitting Scotland from the rest of the UK will benefit any of us.
Another sticking point for leaving the EU was the issue with Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and Ireland having a border but neither side wanting it to be a manned border as it were. The wrangling over how checks on goods moving from the UK to Europe and vice versa will happen goes on despite there being a process in place for how checks are done. Our Government voted this week (or maybe last) to tear up the agreement reached as part of the Brexit deal and implement our own way of dealing with the issue which will probably be against international law.
This will no doubt reopen issues about the division of Ireland.
The final question I original posed was "How long will it take for Immigrants to feel safe and wanted in this country following some of the awful incidents this week?" (Immediately after the referendum there were some nasty incidents where Europeans living in the UK were targeted.)
I think, given that people arriving in the UK as illegal refugees are now going to be sent to Rwanda in Africa I think the answer to that question is never.
Yep, we're definitely moving backwards!