Britain is now leaving the European Union. Its significance will take time to manifest in its entirety but the path, progress and end results for Britain will be influenced by a myriad of factors.
The divisive nature of the EU Referendum is the first effect, catalysing alliances and driving them into two camps across partisan lines in the period leading to the Referendum and precipitating in the aftermath leadership crisis in the two main political parties.
Like major earthquakes, aftershocks are still felt and that will be the case for quite some time. Those who support Remain continue to be disappointed with reactions that range from a numbed acceptance to vocal protestations. On the other hand, Leave supporters show, probably in equal measures, elation and suspicion of being denied the final separation from the EU.
Article 50 has been invoked to start the process of separation. There are legalities to resolve and it is in the interests of both the United Kingdom and the remainder of the European Union to enter into negotiations with mutual respectful understanding. I believe the United Kingdom should accept no compromises for the benefit of its national integrity. It is because of this imperative that those involved in the executing the mechanics of separation should be Brexiters, not Remainers, to avoid any undermining of the desired results.
As expected, there are anxieties concerning EU-directed funding and subsidies for regions, businesses, various organisations and services as our membership contributions are repatriated back to Britain. Indeed, there will be changes to services, such as policing and defence, that require review. Brexit implications for these domestic matters contrast with EU negotiations. At the legislative level, Parliament must table proposals for legislation according to requirements or debate adoption of any EU based laws consistent with the spirit of Brexit.
What happens in the Europe and to the EU after Brexit is unpredictable, both in the scale of any socio-economic changes and the time-frame of political developments. Maturity in the conduct of negotiations is an essential factor for successful separation.
Upheaval in the British political landscape is unavoidable, but we should be justifiably optimistic of the advantages and benefits of Brexit. In the forthcoming General Election, I have decided to play my part to ensure that our country does not yield to negativity and saboteurs of Brexit. I have therefore joined the United Kingdom Independence Party, the party that has been instrumental in ensuring the Referendum of our membership of the European Union.
In the longer term, there will be a definite need to change our services and provisions commensurate with our requirements. In that regard, health and social care must be radically transformed to better serve the British people. My commitment to health and social care is based on the fact that there has been a failure to understand that while a thriving economy is needed to sustain our NHS, a poorly constituted health and social care system is detrimental to the fundamentals of our economy.
In the wider picture, we must be bold to embrace a new philosophy that spawns a host of activities that would not only strengthen our democratic provisions but would be accretive to our international stature and economic resilience. In academia and science, Britain will have much to gain in economic terms by their advancement. Much of our ascendancy comes from English being the most widely used language for communication, and more can be done to enhance our literature and arts across the world. The British Council is such an exemplar and it is emulated by the Confucius Institute from China. The race to maintain our primacy is one we must not lose, as stagnation yields our leadership to rivals.
The establishment of this philosophy with its ethical principles could address inequities of access to opportunities in so many different ways and raise the standards of British life. By its global reach, it would afford improvement in the quality of life in under-privileged parts of the world. Ultimately, it protects our democracy.
I call this political humanitarianism. It’s a principle worth pursuing.