Letter: Could this be a possible way to break the Brexit impasse? asks Reader

Martin Young invites readers to consider his “possible way to break the Brexit impasse” sent to Bob Seely last week. He believes that if concerns are addressed, (through further negotiations with the EU), he and many others could be persuaded to accept the current negotiated deal.

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This from Martin J Young from Cowes, who emailed the same to Bob Seely on 22nd January, but has not had reply other than “the standard automatic reply notifying acceptance of the message”.

Martin invites comments from the Island residents, to see if this is something that both Leavers and Remainers can accept. Ed

With Parliament, and the UK public, at loggerheads with each other over Brexit, (no-deal Brexit, Theresa May’s negotiated deal, and Remain in the EU), this is a dangerous time of the UK.

As a committed Remainer, I would love to see Article 50 rescinded, but realise that without a new referendum, (to judge the “will of the people” now a deal has been negotiated), that the calling of a new referendum in itself could lead to civil unrest from the hard-line Brexiteers.

So I have been thinking hard how to appease both the Brexiteers and the Remainers.

Brexit vote only attracted 37% of total electorate
The June 2016 referendum resulted in the Brexit/Remain split of 52% to 48% of those that actually voted. But not all the population voted, and many people were excluded from voting.

If we look at the Brexit figures compared to the total electorate, the Brexit vote only attracted 37% of the total electorate. The electorate has changed since the June 2016 referendum, and may no longer reflect the current views of the electorate today. There never has been a majority of the UK public actively supporting Brexit, which is why the Brexiteers are so against another referendum. This has divided the whole country.

63% of the total electorate neglected
Theresa May has respected the 37% of the June 2016 total electorate who voted for Brexit, by negotiating a Brexit deal, but, has totally neglected the 63% of the total electorate, who did not vote for Brexit. This has alienated the British public, and steps should be made to accommodate the views of those voters who did not vote for Brexit.

So I thought what concessions could I accept to lessen the divide in the country.

My biggest objection to Brexit is the damage that will happen, ( and indeed is actually happening), to the UK economy. I can do nothing to mitigate the external factors that will damage the UK economy.

My own personal objections
So what are my own personal objections?

  • First, is my loss of my EU Citizenship which gives me my Freedom of Movement, (which I value very highly).
  • Secondly, is my loss of Health Insurance, (European Health Insurance Card, paid for by the UK Government), when travelling through or living in the EU.
  • Thirdly, is the financial loss I will incur if I do eventually decide to live in the EU. (I have a daughter and grandson living in France, and my son, his wife and my four other grandchildren live in Hungary.)

I have paid for my healthcare throughout my working life through my NI and Income taxes, and I am now suffering because of the underfunding of the NHS.

In France the Health are is not at all stretched. Many UK residents retiring to the EU will reduce the strain on the NHS.

Persuaded to accept the current negotiated deal
So if my personal concerns could be addressed, (through further negotiations with the EU), then myself and many others could be persuaded to accept the current negotiated deal.

Theresa May may then get her deal through Parliament without having to compromise her “red lines”.

So could you please send this letter to the Prime Minister to see if my suggestions have any merit.

My suggestions
They are:

  1. UK citizens born prior the UK leaving the EU, retain their EU Citizenship together with all the rights that go with it. They are Freedom of Movement, (giving the right to work and/or retire in any EU country), and retaining the European Health Insurance Card, with our health care paid for by the NHS.
  2. guarantee the £ to Euro exchange rate for pensions paid from the UK to the EU to be at least the average rate for the six months before the June 2016 referendum (this will have to be verified by sending pension receipts to the UK say every three moths.)

Item two has been included as many UK pensioners have suffered a large drop in income due the falling £ after the referendum, and this is grossly unfair, as many were excluded from the referendum.

Returning expats will impact housing demand
I was in contact with a UK national recently regarding me acting as a Proxy for her and her husband in any future General Election or Referendum. She was telling me that several of her fellow British citizens have had to return to the UK because their pensions have been reduced so much that they could no longer afford to live in France.

This obviously impacts on UK housing demand, welfare payments and extra burdens on the NHS.

I trust that you will give my consideration to reduce the divide in the UK careful thought.

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Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3:25pm


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What phenomenal arrogance. None of the electorate were ignored, the referendum was very highly publicised, monitored and managed. Everyone eligible and wishing to vote had ample opportunity to do so including Mr Young’s 67% (?), it is not up to him to allocate the opinion of those that didn’t as he sees fit. Ex-patriot Britons made a choice not to live in the UK, it is not… Read more »

Tell that to the many hundreds of thousand of UK citizens overseas who were not allowed to vote (15 year rule, an some still paying UK taxes on their pension), and those who applied for a postal vote, and received their voting slips just a day or two before the vote, and thus lost their vote.
There was NO majority of the TOTAL electorate for Leave.


There is never an overall majority of the electorate for any party, but that doesn’t mean that governments don’t have authority. There wasn’t a majority of the electorate or population voting ‘IN’ in 1975, but I don’t claim it was undemocratic to accept the vote.

This is starting to sound like I want another referendum because I didn’t get the result I wanted. Martin you are distorting the percentage figures. According to The Electoral Commission, of the UK Citizens eligible to vote 72.2 % did so. That means that 27.8% did not vote. Of the 72.2% who did vote the split was – Remain: 16,141,241 (48.1%) Leave: 17,410,742 (51.9%) You cannot arbitrarily… Read more »
Data from ONS Leave 17,410,742 Remain 16,141,241 Rejected 25,359 total votes cast 33,577,342 Did not vote 12,922,659 Total Electorate 46,500,001 Of the total electorate Leave had 37.444% and those that did not vote for Brexit was 62.25% The Total electorate of 46,500,001 excluded many thousands of UK citizens living overseas for more than 15 years who have been severely impacted by the fall in value in the… Read more »
Although I voted Leave, I fully accept the arguments for a second referendum, which is very normal in most democracies on important political issues. Parliament decided on an ADVISORY referendum in 2015, which was held in 2016. Since then, many of the arguments on both sides have been shown to be incorrect and the UK government has proved totally inept in its negotiations with Brussels, so the… Read more »
What an odd email. I’m afraid I started scanning at “only 37%”. It’s a trope of Remain which doesn’t come up at any other election and Remainers know that they wouldn’t have given any time to should the vote have gone the other way. As for the suggestions. Just odd, really. Keeping EU citizenship has not been offered across the board by the EU so it not… Read more »
37% of the population is correct. Indeed just over 1 in 4 of the population voted to leave. Still fewer voted for the parliament that are now deciding what to do. EU citizenship is in the gift of the EU. The act of giving should not be reciprocated otherwise it’s just swapping. Remember the pound can rise against the euro (something leavers wil expect to happen come… Read more »
37% is correct in so far as it is pointless. Had the vote gone the other way, would remainers have agreed there is no mandate for remaining? Of course not. Do governments only have authority with a majority of the electorate? Really, let it go. I’m not saying change your mind on if the UK should leave, but this bizarre talk of majorities of the population or… Read more »
The fact is that if ‘Remain’ had won, there wouldn’t really have been a reason to re run the referendum because they did know what they were voting for, because it was the status quo. Anyone, regardless of which way they voted, who claims that they knew what they were voting for, is lying: no-one did. That isn’t to say that that many leavers didn’t vote with… Read more »
Offering EU citizenship for those that value it, has not been discussed, That is the whole point of mu post. I see remainers keeping their EU citizenship, (and all ensuing rights), as a compromise that both Leave and Remain can accept. It is not in the gift of the UK to offer EU citizenship, but it is in the gift of the EU to allow us to… Read more »
Martin, you really don’t understand who has this ability. It’s asking for the withdrawal agreement to be significantly changed and I can’t foresee that happening. Nudging timings on the backstop and improving how no physical border might find enough space for it to get through parliament. You’re suggestion for the UK coming together involves the EU offering more with nothing really in return and spending a large… Read more »
The best way forward for the UK at the moment is for The People’s Vote’ to take place. Plenty of people have changed their minds about Brexit now they know that it is economic suicide to ditch all our trade deals and having to use the World Trade Organisation instead. The loss of customs and duty free borders will cause massive jobs losses and this is already… Read more »
Steve Goodman

“We could have two referendums. As it happens, it might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed.”

(As Tory hard brexiteer leader and multimillionaire Jacob Rees-Mogg said in Parliament, many moons before both his pleasure following ‘the people’s’ polarising voting and his timely transfer of some of his lucrative moneymaking operations from busted brexit Britain to much more reliable remaining Ireland.)


Proposal for Plan B …. er C …

1. Announce UK stays in EU on 29th March.
2. Announce UK will pay ZERO Contributions from 30th March onwards.
3. Ask the EU if they want the UK to Leave or Stay in the EU …..