Are we there yet?

At the time of writing, it has been exactly 3 months and 5 days since the UK voted to leave the European Union. And in that time our previous Prime Minister stepped down to be replaced by a new (and unelected) individual, who went on to appoint the weakest government in recent history, to try to navigate one of the most complex constitutional changes of all time. It has also come to light that we will have to hire constitutional lawyers from mainland Europe to help us through this process, as ours are grossly under experienced (the irony would be hilarious if it weren't so terrifying) for £5000 a day, and that President Obama and President Abe stated that the UK would be “at the back of the line for trade negotiations” post Brexit and that Japanese firms would likely move their European HQs out of Britain post Brexit, respectively.

Despite this, our glorious leader has not given any further information on what path we will take during the upcoming negotiations, other than the odd non-statement that even the most esoteric of buddhist monks would be perplexed by. The most likely reason for this is that she doesn't actually know what to do. I don't think anyone does - other than the likes of Hannan and Farage of course, who feel it would be best to just trade under WTO rules and “get on with it” (a concrete plan if ever there's been one) - which is probably the key reason why no one actually planned for the catastrophic mess we are currently in.

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What can I do to make a difference?

Many of us have been left wondering what we can do following the devastating result of the referendum. There are many ways to demonstrate our frustration and opposition, for example, a lot of us have been to rallies and marches, but what can we do as individuals, on a daily basis, to keep the pressure on those elected to represent us to listen to the voices of the Remainers?

On the Parliament website it states "You should always contact your local MP first to raise an issue at Parliament. However, if your campaign is of general or national importance, you could also contact other MPs who may be interested in supporting you."

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Every cloud has a silver lining

In the two months following on from what I'm sure will noted by future generations as a decidedly infamous referendum, it would seem all hell has broken loose. Racial hate crimes are up five-fold, the economy is making a steady downwards slide and we have the least competent government in decades leading the United Kingdom. Or Divided Kingdom, as it could be accurately be described. It seems that after supporting a campaign with a recklessly divisive anti-immigrant rhetoric at the helm, the ardent leave campaigners are trying their hardest to swim away from that most toxic of ships, pointing fingers as they desperately try to stay afloat.

And of course – to use another analogy – the Leave politicians are only partly responsible for opening Pandora's box; they had a helping hand or two from numerous media outlets. I won't name any names (because frankly I don't need to), but these sources of “news” have been running front page headline after front page headline of ridiculous half-truths, with sickeningly xenophobic spin put on almost all of them. Wonderful examples of this front page eloquence, from the “world's greatest newspaper”, include “Migrants take ALL new jobs in Britain”, “98% DEMAND ban new migrants” and “we must stop the migrant invasion”. This, of course, was paralleled by the Leave campaigns claims of £350mn a week extra to the NHS if we were to leave the EU, to name but one.

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No more 'I told you so's

We're all in real trouble as a result of the referendum result. Although those on the receiving end of the newly-confident far right's abuse must qualify as the greatest victims of recent events, every single person in this country is significantly poorer as a result of the pound's substantial devaluation, and the authorities will now have to work very hard indeed to avoid a recession although, with many monetary policy options now exhausted,  there’s every chance that this is simply out of the grasp, particularly if the government fails to undertake substantial and rapid stimulus measures.

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Brexit is in its all together

It is received wisdom that the decision made by the electorate in the EU referendum is final and must be respected at all costs.  Not to do so would undermine our democracy.  Even an ardent pro-European like Chuka Umunna asserts that the will of the people must be respected.  Our new prime minister famously promises “Brexit means Brexit”.
Those are the public positions of politicians, but many parliamentarians will be quietly thinking to themselves - if Brexit means leaving the EU, then is it actually possible to do it?  This is because there are a series of intractable, practical and political dichotomies that they face.
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Our Endeavour

We all know the saying “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

It was in this spirit that, having taken in the tone of both the official campaigns, everyday people on both sides of the argument took to the streets of their neighbourhoods to convince their fellow citizens of how they should vote on June 23rd.

On June 24th however, one side of the argument was busy celebrating their victory, while the other side was left worrying about their future, that of the generations to come, the political stability of their continent and their national identity.

As the social, economic and political shockwaves started to settle over a very much divided United Kingdom, each day that passed set a new political precedent. Ultimately, the pursuit of the control that this nation so marginally craved resulted in a new cabinet, appointed by a leader who was elected by none of the electorate.

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