I have no issue facing the fact that we have been unable to stop Brexit from happening but no amount of desperate self delusion spouted by MPs will hide the fact that Britain has damaged its own prospects by leaving the biggest trading bloc in the world!
There is nothing in the short or medium term that can make up for the financial hole that this government have led the UK into. The EU is not going to fall apart it will only get stronger. To abandon the privileged position of being a powerful voice inside it was stupid!
The only thing we can do is damage limitation at least in the short/medium term. Everything is now harder for virtually every business sector you can think of. But more than that I believe the UK will get lonely in its isolation.
The sad fact is we are already diminished in the eyes of a world which elsewhere is actually embracing closer alliances and partnerships with their neighbours.
The most obvious and urgent global challenge - climate change - can only be tackled successfully in partnership with our neighbours.
Issues such as resolving fair tax policies to make powerful international corporations pay their share can only happen by cooperation.
The flows of people we can expect to see looking for something better will grow because of climate change. Again finding human and generous responses to these crises are best done by partners together, something I hope EU members will continue to strive to find solutions.
There is nothing to celebrate today. I don’t want to end the year pessimistically. I think we will find a path back but it will take time and resilience and as #BrexitReality unfolds and lives are touched and the demographic shifts perhaps we will see a way to make the change.

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