It's now over two months since the referendum in which a majority of UK voters, Wales voters, Shropshire voters and Powys voters decided they wanted to leave the European Union. It was a hard fought referendum. Some 'of those who voted Remain are still unable to accept the voice of the people. I'm still having earache for voting Leave by many of my friends. Had some more at a local function tonight. Even if it was a clear result on a huge turn-out. The majority in favour of Leave was over a million votes. There are calls for another referendum (so that we can make the 'right' decision!). Or for a vote in Parliament to approve the terms (yet to be negotiated) on which the UK will leave - nothing more than a legalistic delaying tactic.
Dear 'A View from Rural a Wales' readers, it's not going to happen. It's time to get real. As our new Prime Minister, Theresa May has said again and again "Brexit means Brexit". There will not be a re-run of the referendum, no matter how many petitions there are. The BBC's relentless pro-Remain bias will not succeed - except to increase the level of discord. The unelected House of Lords will not be free to frustrate the will of the people. The voters of Britain have spoken and there voice will be respected. In any case, another vote would only deliver a bigger majority.
Let's consider what has happened over the last two months, compared with the disasters that were promised before the referendum. We were warned that the city would suffer a disaster. But the FTSE has risen to near record levels. As has the FTSE 250. We were promised unemployment, higher mortgages and big falls in house prices. Jobs have carried on being created - to record levels since we voted to leave. Businesses which threatened to leave the UK have decided to invest here after all. There has been no 'emergency budget'. The Governor of the Bank of England has been left with egg yoke all over his face. Consumer spending is going well, despite the best efforts of self-justifying 'remainers' to talk us into recession. The impact of a Leave vote has been nothing like the problem that was predicted. All this is really good news.
But it's not time to celebrate yet. The UK will be a full member of the EU for another two/three years at least. International markets do not like uncertainty. During the next two years, we will need to establish new trading agreements across the world. We will need to have negotiated a new agreement with the EU. It will happen, but I do think it will be complex. There will be disappointments along the way. I do not think we will see net immigration numbers falling as some hope. I do not think our financial obligations to our neighbours will fall as some hope. But I remain entirely confident the British people took the right road on June 23rd. They decided to 'Take Back Control' and I think they were absolutely right to do so.