On Sunday we learnt that of the 73 MEPs that would be going to Brussels from the UK, 29 of them will be representatives of the Brexit Party – with the Party receiving 31.6% of the vote share.
Labour came third behind the Liberal Democrats, one of the four Parties who came out publicly in favour of a second referendum and remaining in the EU.
These four Parties, which also included the Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru had a combined 27 seats and a combined vote share of 37%. The opposing opinions is yet more evidence of how polarised society has become.
I will be the first to admit that Labour should have been clearer with our Brexit strategy. I fear that rather than bringing society together by finding a common ground like we had hoped to, we instead alienated people from both camps – Leave and Remain.
It’s now coming up to three years since the referendum. We were promised that leaving the EU and getting a good deal would be easy. That clearly has not been the case, instead we are as a country paralysed with parliament unable to agree on anything other than not wanting a no-deal hard Brexit.
Theresa May’s last gasp attempt to speak to other parties was too little too late and didn’t offer any meaningful changes. Whoever takes over from her now will face the same problems. The numbers haven’t changed; in fact, opinion has probably hardened on both sides.
A general election is possible but probably more by accident than desire, and again that might not change very much.
I think whether you are a supporter of Leave or Remain, you would agree that we cannot carry on as we are now. I hope my Party now advocates putting whatever deal is finally concluded back to the British people to confirm it is what they want or not.
Three years ago, I would not have thought this is where we would end up. However, we must face reality and be honest with the public that parliament has failed to agree a way forward and the public therefore should decide on the final deal.