I have long believed that had I been a fisherman I would vote to leave the EU but on just about every other count I favoured Remain. So I was surprised when last weekend a retired fisherman said he’d voted Leave but now he regretted doing so.
The Brexit vote has sent shock waves through politics.
Two party leaders have already announced their departure, one the Prime Minister, the other the UKIP leader. And amidst claims that he should have done more to aid the Remain cause the Leader of the Opposition has lost most of his frontbench team.
The country is divided. The Scottish Government is pressing for a second independence referendum after most Scots voted Remain but the UK voted to leave. Many young voters, who overwhelmingly voted Remain, believe their futures have been determined by older voters who voted Leave. And the fact is that London voted Remain while the rest of England voted Leave.
This was the biggest test of public opinion in recent times. The result though close was nevertheless clear. Even though the referendum was advisory, it’s hard to see how the result can be ignored. Since Brexit may take years, it may be that pressure grows for a second referendum or there’s a General Election victory for a pro EU party. As the Government looks for a plan it’s important that Government is not paralysed. It’s also important that calm heads prevail.