Brexit: reckless, a colossal mistake and the result of a fatally flawed referendum. Part 1

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All this week, Jon Danzig is posting videos reminding us of the fatal flaws in the Brexit referendum and demonstrating that it was a sham. Nobody wants to rub the noses of deceived voters in this mess. The blame rests firmly with the politicians, the media and those shadowy proponents of this monumental act of self harm which has hit the country and ordinary people so hard. Some people will make money from deregulation and relaxed scrutiny of tax affairs, or from the abandoning of rights and protections which keep ordinary people safe, protect the environment and hold us to our climate crisis commitments. For the vast majority, Brexit is nothing but an unmitigated disaster, robbing businesses and individuals alike of access to opportunity and leaving the UK divided and beyond the pale.

Many of you reading this will have voted Remain. Perhaps you can share this in a spirit of reconciliation with those who were promised the undeliverable. It is only when we fully acknowledge the scope of the scam that we can begin to take action to heal the rifts created by those who take pleasure, make money and seize power from exploiting the divide. Editor

Wake up Britain. Wake up Labour. Wake up voters.

Going ahead with Brexit, with the support of a mere 37 per cent of the electorate and with half the nations of the UK voting against it, was sheer, reckless, madness.

There are NO benefits to Brexit; none whatsoever. Only severe downsides, that are hurting Britain now and will increasingly hurt us in the years ahead.

Labour is wrong to support any version of Brexit.

Their Cummings-style slogan promising to โ€˜Make Brexit Workโ€™ is shockingly disingenuous and unfitting for Labour, a party that should instead be championing the truth.

And the truth is that we need our political leaders to offer a route out of Brexit, not a road deeper into it.

If the two main parties cannot be honest with us about the reality of Brexit โ€“ that it is a disaster that can be reversed, democratically, and legitimately โ€“ then we, the people, need to be honest with the country and with ourselves.

It is our duty to speak up.

We cannot let Britain slide further away from our friends and family on the mainland of our continent without a cacophonous noise so loud that MPs tremble in the startling realisation of what they have done to us.

If you are a patriot, if you can see that Brexit presents huge dangers for our country, if you can see that Brexit is not Act of God but an act of severe folly by rogue politicians, then you must speak up.

๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜†.

๐—ช๐—›๐—ฌ ๐—ช๐—˜ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—˜๐—— ๐—” ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—ง๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—œ๐—ง

There was so much wrong with the EU referendum, that had it been a legally binding vote, instead of just โ€˜advisoryโ€™, the courts could and would have annulled the result as compromised and unsafe.

The problems with the Brexit โ€˜winโ€™ are so numerous, so serious, and so undemocratic, that the country should have a new democratic opportunity to reconsider our departure from the EU.

These are just SOME of the reasons why:

โ–ช ๐—ง๐—›๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ of the five territories required to vote in the EU referendum โ€“ Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar โ€“ voted for Remain.

Yet, Brexit still went ahead.

โ–ช ๐— ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ of citizens from the rest of the EU living and working in the UK, and hundreds of thousands of British citizens living across the EU, were denied a vote in the referendum, even though the outcome directly affected them.

Would their votes have made a difference? Yes.

โ–ช ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐——, citizens resident in the UK from over 70 different countries WERE allowed to vote in the referendum.

Was that fair when most citizens living in the UK from other EU countries were refused a vote?

โ–ช ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ก๐——๐—จ๐—  was riddled with serious irregularities, illegalities, and alleged fraud, resulting in the Leave campaigns being fined for significant overspending and misuse of data.

โ–ช ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—–๐—”๐— ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—œ๐—š๐—ก had to rely entirely on lies to win. All the reasons to leave the EU were based on misinformation, mistruths, and false promises. (Yes, all of them โ€“ see

โ–ช ๐—ฃ๐—จ๐—ง๐—œ๐—กโ€™๐—ฆ ๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—” helped to fuel and fund Brexit โ€“ something the European Court of Human Rights is now looking into. (See

โ–ช ๐—ก๐—ข๐—•๐—ข๐——๐—ฌ who voted for Leave could have given their informed consent. Thatโ€™s because the country was not sufficiently informed about the consequences of leaving the EU.

No version of Brexit was defined in the referendum, and the Brexit we ended up with three years after the referendum did not have the approval or endorsement of the electorate.

โ–ช ๐—ข๐—ก๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ a minority of the electorate gave their positive support for Leave, just 37%.

โ–ช ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ did not achieve a decisive win. The difference between Leave and Remain in the referendum was less than 4% – within the ‘margin of error’ for many statistical reports.

โ–ช ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—™๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ก๐——๐—จ๐—  โ€“ by Act of Parliament โ€“ was advisory only, but the government treated it as binding.

Consequently, Parliament was denied a debate and vote on WHETHER the UK SHOULD leave the EU. (See

โ–ช ๐—ง๐—ข๐——๐—”๐—ฌ polls consistently show that most voters think Brexit is a mistake and they would now vote to rejoin (See โ€˜Britain Doesnโ€™t Want Brexit’:

โ–ช ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—œ๐—ง offers no benefits at all, only serious disadvantages. Leaving the EU has considerably damaged Britain with more harm to come.

๐—ฆ๐—ข, ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐——๐—ข ๐—ช๐—˜ ๐——๐—ข?

The flawed referendum and Brexit have happened โ€“ we canโ€™t change the past.

But we could change the future, in the knowledge that the entire Brexit fiasco was based on a massive fraud.

Legitimately and democratically, it is possible to get Brexit changed, if that is the will of the electorate.

Our task now should be to persuade parties, politicians and the country that closer relations with the EU, leading eventually and hopefully to returning as a full member, is in Britainโ€™s best interests.

๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—น๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€.

Months before the EU referendum, the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, told Parliament why the Leave campaign couldnโ€™t say what a vote for Brexit would mean.

โ–ช On that basis alone, the referendum should never have gone ahead in the form it did.

โ–ช Or else, written into the EU Referendum Act 2015, should have been a clause that if Leave ‘won’, there would be a second referendum to approve, or not, the specific terms of leaving.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.

Jon Danzig is a campaigning journalist and film maker who specialises in writing about health, human rights, and Europe. He is also founder of the pro-EU information campaign, Reasons2Rejoin. You can follow Jon Danzig on his Facebook journalism page at