Let's make sure we fight for what's best for us all

Now the lava has stopped erupting over the momentous referendum result, it's time for us all to take stock and look to the future.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 6:01 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:25 pm
Boris Johnson

There are some truly great aspects to the result. The political elite has opened itself up to the people and I think it’s time that we really focus on making our voices heard and, more importantly, understood.

But first, the nature of some voters who hadn’t realised that their vote counted perfectly illustrates that our general electoral system is outdated.

That urgently needs to be reformed so all those who are now so brilliantly engaged with politics remain that way.

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Interestingly, Boris Johnson’s plans for the country don’t reflect the Leave campaign’s rhetoric. It’s rather reassuring that he aims to remain in the single market and that we and our children will be able to study and live abroad and have free movement across the EU.

He says ‘the only change – and it will not come in any great rush – is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation’.

I can live with that, as long as there is no reverse movement on the legislation which has had a profound impact on gender equality, protection of employee rights (part-time and maternity), consumer rights and environmental policy.

Each of us has a responsibility to work out exactly what taking back control means to us and to make sure we are listened to (think fracking).

My practical side can’t help wondering how much Boris’s new points system of immigration is going to cost us.

Every government project is expensive. The experts, the workers, the negotiators, the computer systems, etc times two (the divorce negotiators will become a business in itself).

I suspect it will be years and years before we can start to see any financial benefits from exiting the EU.

But it’s time for us all to accept that it’s happening and the future has altered radically. Let’s embrace the woolly nature of the new world and make sure that what is best for us is fought for tooth and nail and that we’re not subjected to more years of petty party politics.