Sir Jim Ratcliffe along with Sir James Dyson were both strong contributors as part of a small group of people in the UK in 2016 who had very extreme views about our nation leaving the EU and for the UK to re-establish its National Sovereignty and form strong borders to retract workers and residents from moving to other nations. Another high profile person in the same group of people was Dominic Cummings. Of course other groups of people and individuals including myself felt that leaving the EU would be a dreadful mistake even though there were and indeed there are many problems in the EU just as there are many problems in our nation now as there were in 2016. It is now very clear that Jim Ratcliffe and James Dyson have both changed their minds regarding the outcome of the EU referendum as they have both chosen to move their businesses outside of the UK and in doing so have removed significant values from our nation and its values. Of course their transfer of their own homes to other nations and the moving of their businesses to other nations are not necessarily mistakes. After all our departure from the EU will mean that business in the UK will have to work much harder when it comes to exporting and importing goods comparing to locations in Europe and the Far East. The manufacturing of the Dyson products and many of the Ratcliffe products outside of the UK will of course reduce the jobs that were being promised or that previously existed in our nation and this is very disappointing for those of us who will continue to live in the UK. However given that Dominic Cummings changed his mind regarding COVID arrangements (although he did not see any reason for adjusting the rules that applied to other people) and Jim and James have changed their minds regarding the best place to retain or open businesses it seems very reasonable for the rest of the residents in our nation now that we have observed their response (and they are not the only ones) and the prospects of a no deal Brexit for us to have an opportunity for a change of our nations proposals. It is no point assuming that just because 17.4 million people voted for us to leave and 16.1 million voted for us to remain that these views will still be the same. One reason for this is that some people have died and some people who were too young to vote have reached an age when they can now vote. Nearly 60,000 of us have signed a petition that states
To Seek a 1 year Extension to the Brexit Transition Period & a Second Referendum
To seek a 1 year extension to the Brexit Transition Period so that negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship can be concluded and a referendum conducted. The UK public can assent or reject the terms. A rejection would mean that the Government would commit to seeking re-entry to the EU.
The response from the Government a couple of weeks ago on 25th November was headlined with
The deadline for an extension to be agreed, 1 July 2020, has passed. The transition period ends on 31 December 2020, as enshrined in UK law. The Government will not be extending the transition period.
But Governments can also change their minds – now is the time for them to do so!