My policy is to not write about politics. I will write about minimalism, about productivity, about self-care, but not about politics. That said, this post is kind of, sort of, about politics, but it’s really about the simplify, create, thrive ethos in action.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that the United Kingdom can say “never mind” and just walk away from the Brexit, basically no questions asked. Call the whole thing off. No more freaking out about making deals before the deadline, renegotiating treaties, all of that kerfuffle. Membership remains intact, under the current terms.
Some folks are going to say “but we should honor the result of the referendum”. A lot of people would be overjoyed if they pulled the plug on this thing as quickly as possible. I have an idea as to what they should do, to respect the opinions and feelings of everyone.
Take the out, then hold another referendum.
A major complaint is that people were misinformed when they voted to leave the European Union. Many have said they’d change their vote, others say they’d vote the same. Why not eliminate all doubt? Take the out, call it off, then start a proper education campaign leading up to a new vote.
It’s clear that the UK was ill prepared for a divorce from the EU. Why not use this out to take the time to concoct a proper strategy? Cancel the Brexit scheduled for March. Then present it to the people, and take time to organize a new vote. If they still want to leave, they’ll know that it won’t be chaos again when they invoke Article 50.
Because if they do cancel the Brexit, there is absolutely nothing that says they still can’t leave the European Union at a later date. Why not do it with some better structure in place? Maybe require a 2/3 majority of the voters, or some sort of quorum where a certain percentage of the electorate has to turn out, rather than a simple majority of whoever shows up? Why not have a clear exit strategy prior to triggering Article 50 and its 2-year running clock?
Or, you know, stay in the European Union.
Either way, take the opportunity for a do over, and do the whole thing right this time.