I voted Leave in the EU referendum – for a number of different reasons.
I’m becoming increasingly worried, however, that we now face the possibility of a relatively small number of our population, ie, the Tory party membership, deciding the fate of Brexit and the future of the country via their current leadership ballot.
These people are not representative of the country as a whole – and I’d say the same were it a Labour Party contest.
If Boris Johnson wins, he will take us out of the EU on Thursday 31 October – possibly with no deal.
While no deal may be acceptable, and safe, for older people like myself, it could spell economic hardship and difficulty for younger people who are already struggling under austerity and ever-rising housing costs.
It could also mean disaster for those “just about managing”.
This is complete madness and is why Hove MP Peter Kyle’s amendment to the EU withdrawal bill – known as the Kyle/Wilson amendment – was eminently sensible.
It recognised that the government had negotiated what they saw as the best deal in the circumstances but then wanted this put to a binding confirmatory vote.
If the deal proved acceptable to a majority of the electorate then it would pass into law with no return to Parliament.
If, however, it was rejected then we would remain in the EU.
This satisfied both sides of the EU debate as it recognised the referendum result but gave people the chance to scrutinise and understand the deal itself.
That Boris Johnson and Tory party members now hold the fate of the country in their hands is nothing short of a national calamity.
Peter Atkinson is a Labour councillor for North Portslade on Brighton and Hove City Council.
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