I don’t normally write about my political feelings, but there comes a time when you need to let off steam.
Despite the fact that pretty much every global business leader and economic think tank warned the Brits that it would be disastrous to leave our biggest market, cut ourselves off from our largest trading partner, isolate ourselves and give the rest of the world NO reason to come and invest in the UK, what have we done!
The result of the UK referendum on Europe is nothing to do with the future well-being of the United Kingdom.
Simply, it is a terrible settling of political scores within the Tory party. And I’m writing this as a Conservative voter (now an ex-Conservative voter as I shall never vote for them again).
As a small business owner with my company’s future bound up in inward investment from Europe, I am now considering what to do.
The choice we made as a country yesterday is, only a few hours on, already leading to changes of decisions by inward investors (not just Europeans) as to whether to spend their money in Britain. This means jobs.
And as to those global foreign investors already here, they will be calling meetings in the next few days to decide whether it’s worth staying.
The cry of democracy and freedom from the Leave campaign has been disingenuous. Democracy is only possible where there is peace and prosperity. And these two prerequisites rely on trade, open borders and good relations with neighbours.
Britain has just closed the door.
Its peoples’ actions – and there is no-one else responsible – will now rebound on an already fragile Europe.
We have left our friends when they need us, we have given the nationalists cause to push for a disintegration of the UK, we have endangered both big and small business, we have lost a generation of good, honest leaders who will leave politics in disgust.
In short we have stymied our own future both short and long term.
And this time we can’t blame the politicians.
The majority of the elected wished to remain; they implored us to think of our children and our neighbours. Instead it seems we heard only the bitter refrain of the immigrant question; the irony is now that we’ve voted out it won’t solve the ‘so-called’ immigration problem one jot.
We will watch the slow, painful decline of our country.
It won’t be a quick, sharp shock, but a long drawn out affair as one large corporate after another leaves, trailing jobs and supply chains in their wake.
Costs will inevitably rise as the currency weakens.
And, worst of all, we have brought into being a political class who don’t mind telling untruths or pandering to populist sentiment.
These people will run Britain; not so much clowns or buffoons, but dangerous nationalists disrespected by the rest of the civilised world. Imagine them negotiating trade deals with the EU?
In the end, there will be finger pointing, there will be uncertainty and recrimination, but there is no one else to blame for foregoing a bright, strong and modern future, except ourselves.