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    Why I won't be climbing on the Brexit bus /1

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    There are three reasons:
    1. I think Brexit is a terrible mistake;
    2. It hasn't happened yet;
    3. I think the British are ultimately pragmatic

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    Mistake: I think the world is better for the EU, we are better for being in it and the EU is better for having us in ... but

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    The positive vision is hard to focus on given the scale of self-inflicted harm of leaving.

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    Even the gooiest, softest Brexit diminishes our influence over rules that will bind us. The harder forms are an economic cyanide capsule

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    Worse, I believe that economic adversity will, as it always has been, allowed to fall disproportionately on the poor and vulnerable.

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    Now you may disagree. You may be satisfied I'm wrong to my socks, but given that's my real view how can you expect me to "get on with it"?

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    At the moment it's all still a plan. It may be our settled intention, but while there's even faint hope it's my duty to point out the danger

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    The risks will not diminish simply because I fall silent.

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    Moving to my last reason, I think we're a sensible people. Once the real cost is clear, it will focus our minds.

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    The paramount threat to that isn't moaning Remainers but others pretending the risks are not real or would vanish if we would just shut up.

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    If that irritates you or causes you to see me as a saboteur traitor, I'm sorry, but I couldnt live with myself if I hadn't done what I could

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