Today would have been day one of the UK not being in the EU. That black day has been delayed – but, sadly, only temporarily.
Nearly 2 million people marched through London last Saturday and over 5 million people – myself included – signed a petition last week calling for Article 50 to be revoked. We might as well not have bothered.
The British government isn’t listening. Theresa May’s primary aim seems to be to keep herself in power.
So, despite opinion polls showing that voters would overwhelmingly vote to stay in the EU now that they know the facts, she is hell bent on leaving.
“Broadening my mind and my experience was the best antidote to Brexit I could think of. That’s my birthday present to me”
The 2016 referendum was won by lies and cheating and the Electoral Commission has declared it illegal. But because it was advisory, and not binding, a legal loophole means they can’t file charges.
Damon and I campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU. We spent our weekends in the run up to the referendum out on the streets of Brighton and Hove handing out leaflets and talking to people about the issues.
Now the Brexit bus is hurtling full pelt towards the cliff edge – putting people like me in a very difficult position.
Let’s leave aside the cost to me of the UK house price fall, of sterling tanking and of losing out on a directorship at work all because of Brexit. The simple fact is that my day-to-day life here in France is about to get much harder.
I thought about what I wanted to do on what was due to be Brexit weekend. It’s also my birthday weekend (the actual day is tomorrow).
I decided to put plenty of kilometres between me and the Brexit madness.
So, I’m in Tallinn, in Estonia, with Damon and a couple of friends. It’s a country I have never visited before.
Broadening my mind and my experience was the best antidote to Brexit I could think of. That’s my birthday present to me.
Palju õnne sünnipäevaks, as they say in Estonian – happy birthday.