I have said on a number of occasions that I would seriously consider leaving the EU if I thought that there was a positive case for leaving and I am serious about that. If there was a plan that showed how the UK could both benefit from leaving and still play its part on the world stage, I really would consider voting to Leave.
But there simply isn’t one, the leave campaign can’t even agree amongst themselves how we would move forward as a progressive outward looking nation if we left the EU. I've even had one Brexiter, who couldn't tell me what the plan is, reassure me that it doesn’t matter, we've got 2 years to come up with a plan!
An interesting, but scary thought, it doesn’t matter if we don’t have a plan because we can make one up as we go, and somehow we are supposed to believe that it really will be so much better when we get there. Sorry, but I am not convinced.
But, even as scary as that may sound, it is actually far less scary than the reality of what would happen post-Brexit, because the thing that most they people have completely missed in this scenario, is that it doesn’t matter if we have a plan or not, because we will not be making those decisions.
Even if Boris becomes Prime Minister, Gove becomes Chancellor and Farage joins the Tory party, they will not be deciding our future if we decide to leave Europe.
It is the remaining 27 countries of the EU, not us, that will decide how our relationship with Europe pans out post-Brexit and you can guarantee one thing, they will NOT be discussing what is best for the UK if we leave, they will be discussing what is best for the EU.
And as for us, well we will be left on the side-lines whilst the supposedly weak rest of Europe, like a nightmarish vision of the Wealdstone Raider, decide our future all the whle taunting us.
“Come on then bring it on.”
“You’ve got no plans!”