Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brexit A Messy Tangle

Brexit is a messy tangle. 

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019 but Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to get her exit accord approved by parliament, opening up a colossal uncertainty over whether a deal is possible, or even whether the country will leave at all. 

Now, a YouGov survey published two Sundays ago showed that more Britons want to remain a member of the EU than leave and that voters want to make the final decision themselves. 

If a referendum was to be held immediately, I’m told that 46 percent would vote to remain, 39 percent would vote to leave, and the rest either did not know, would not vote, or refused to answer the question. When the undecided and those who had no wish to answer were deleted from the sample, the split was 54-46 in favor of remaining. 

That is broadly in line with other polls which show a deeply divided electorate – in which opinion has swung towards remaining in the EU. The 2016 referendum voted 52 to 48 percent in favor of leaving. 

The poll of more than 25,000 voters was commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, which is spearheading an increasingly vocal push for a second referendum on Brexit. 

On Sunday, May (right) reiterated her opposition to holding a second referendum, saying it would be divisive and disrespectful to those who voted to leave in the initial vote, and also highlighted a lack of time available to hold a new referendum. 

But the survey showed 41 percent thought the final decision about Brexit should be made by a new public vote versus 36 percent who believe it should be up to parliament. Removing those who are undecided, the split was 53 percent in favor of another referendum and 47 percent against. 

Brexit has become difficult and complicated – perhaps the way forward shall become clearer when lawmakers vote on whether to accept May’s exit agreement this week. 

I was in Subang Jaya in Selangor last evening to attend the Summit Toastmasters Club meeting – where VP Education Selina Chong had kindly given me a much-needed speaking slot. 

My CC #5 speech titled “At Death’s Door”, relates to my supposedly sickly addiction to that sugary drink, Coca-Cola! 

I swear by the beverage and of course, it's not true that I'm dying. In fact, I'm alive and kicking, very much so!

This has been an unreal Toastmasters meeting. From start to end, participants just chuckled with unsuppressed mirth and infectious laughter quickly filled the meeting room.

Photos of the meeting:

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