There was no ‘Plan B’

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I do not pretend that there have not been problems since we voted for Brexit.

However it is rather simplistic of the remain side to pin these on Nigel Farage, UKIP and Leave EU, none of whom were official participants in the debate.

For weeks before the referendum, we were told by Messrs Cameron, Osborne and many others, that leaving would cause problems, not that they have been anywhere near as bad as suggested.

However, these false claims have reduced the status of the UK, in many eyes around the world, to being a bad risk.

If investors are thinking twice about coming, we can blame those on the Government who instigated “project fear”.

We can also blame the Government for being so certain that we would fall for its tall stories that we would all vote to remain.

They were so sure that they made no “plan B”.

So when the electorate voted to leave, the leaders were caught on the hop!

A decent government would have prepared for Brexit, even if doubting it would happen, so that when we did vote for it, the plans were already drawn up.

For two weeks we have not had either an effective government, nor opposition.

That is a situation likely to go on into the autumn.

David Cameron should have stood down immediately, with his deputy taking on the role until a new leader can be found.

That way, the business of government could continue.

Also Article 50 should be triggered immediately, thus ending uncertainty around the world as to the position of the UK in the EU.

UKIP was instrumental in creating the Brexit vote, and has plans drawn up to cope with the situation, worked out over 20 years.

However the authorities did not see fit to give the lead to the party – but instead to Vote Leave, a group led by Boris Johnson, with some questionable claims (dismissed by UKIP and Nigel Farage during the debate) and no real plan for after the referendum, but still getting the official designation.

Many of the problems being laid at the door of Nigel Farage and UKIP are nothing to do with them and can be traced very definitely to 10 and 11 Downing Street.

Because of Cameron’s lack of planning, we will be paying that £55million a day for a lot longer.

Councillor Bob Buchan, UKIP,

Fens and Rossmere Ward,

Hartlepool Borough Council,

Victoria Road,

Hartlepool.