So the British Government has voted for Brexit. This has happened months after the referendum and has been the focus of the media for some time. The referendum was ‘consultative’ and, as such, the Government was not obliged to act on the result. However, the pamphlet that was distributed across the country in the run-up to the referendum included the following text:
“This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide. If you’re aged 18 or over by 23rd June and are entitled to vote, this is your chance to decide.”
This is all well and good, but the format, method and execution of the exit from the European Union was never outlined. So, we have a complete conundrum – a ‘consultative’ referendum that does not require Government to act on the result, a Government-issued pamphlet that says it will act on the result, and no explanation of what Brexit really means.
It all looks rather like ‘Soup of the Day’ to me. You order the Soup of the Day, not knowing what it is. You hope for pea and ham and get carrot and coriander, realising that expectation and reality are, in fact, in two very different places.
But do you complain?