Politicians can’t be trusted – the people need a final say on Brexit

The future of the UK is in the hands of people who aren’t interested in the population’s welfare

It’s easy to spend as little as two minutes online and wonder exactly how we got here. If we thought that the atmosphere in Britain was divisive and toxic before 2016’s referendum on leaving the European Union, the two years following the historic vote have only served to perpetuate discord between politicians and public alike.

The “discourse” around Brexit, and what our increasingly isolated island may look like in its aftermath has been as brutal as it has been banal, a maelstrom of ineffiency and misinformation, which has led to a strange stagnation of ideas, and a feeling as though we’ve collectively left the gas on at home, drifting away into oblivion, as the braying, aimless din of Johnson, Farage, and Rees-Mogg reverberates around our living rooms.

Personally, I believe the fact that we’re leaving the European Union at all is total fucking insanity. We’ve reported on it at Dazed extensively, both before and after the vote. We know that the Leave campaign broke electoral law, and we projected it onto the Royal Courts of Justice. We know that the people spearheading the motion to exit the European Union without a deal are bad actors, in the sense that they are ill-intentioned. This is unfortunately a conversation being largely driven by callous men in their mid-50s with little regard for the consequences of what happens next, and crucially, little knowledge.

“A striking feature of the country’s conversation around Brexit is that there is an intellectual and moral abyss where the best interests of the population should be”

The People’s Vote is a campaign calling for the public to have the final say on the Brexit deal that the country comes out with. A striking feature of the country’s conversation around Brexit is that there is an intellectual and moral abyss where the best interests of the population should be.

The People’s Vote attempts to redress some of that imbalance and give some power to the people, rather than having our plunge into uncertainty dictated by politicians who are rich and privileged enough to be unaffected by the outcome (although some of them are already moving their money out of the country in anticipation of the disaster they’re organising).

We should not let these people decide what’s best for us, because there’s absolutely no evidence that they’ve ever considered it.

Sign up here, find out who your local MP is here and write to them – yes, while this issue has been the dullest pub chat in the history of man, our future is in the hands of people who simply don’t care about our welfare. The concept of more voting and discussion on this topic is understandably now anathema to many – it’s almost as if people have been bored into submission. But, as much as it pains me to drag this platitude back from the dead: we need to take back control.

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