The Brexit landscape in Southwark – what do leavers say?

Katherine Johnston (06 April, 2019) Politics

'It’s become like a soap opera but the biggest loser out of all of this will be parliament' - a Leave voter in Southwark

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Darryl Cox

As the News has reported Southwark is one of the regions with highest levels of support for a ‘people’s vote’ – gaining cross-party support from our Labour MPs and the Lib Dems. But finding organised Leave-supporting groups in Southwark is harder to come by.

UKIP appears a spent force in the borough and its local representatives have not responded to requests to comment. The Conservatives have no foothold in the council and have also failed to share their views.

So how do Southwark leave voters feel, given they have no political representation?

Sixty-eight-year-old black cab driver and leave voter Darryl Cox believes the PM’s plan is now the only plan to back.

“We were told the referendum result would be unquestionable – it couldn’t not be followed through. It was binding really, and whatever the result was that was going to be it,” he told the News.

“Before she invoked article 50, it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to have a plan for exactly what they were going to do. One of her biggest mistakes was tying herself down to that timescale,” he argued.

“The buck stops with her really, as the leader, but I don’t think they have a clue what they are doing in parliament.

“They had eight votes the other day and they voted against all eight.

“I don’t think they have ever understood the complexity of being involved with 27 other countries.

“If they had taken her deal, which wasn’t ideal by any means, it would have at least started the process.

“To have a situation where you got Rees Mogg and other people suddenly changing their minds, well, if they’d done that last month we’d have had none of this mess.

“Why are we being held to ransom by the DUP? We have been trading with Ireland long before we were ever in the EU.”

Darryl says he has always been Eurosceptic but the collapse of the Eurozone confirmed his belief Britain would be better out of the bloc.

“What really stuck in my throat was the fact the EU got rid of two democratically elected governments, one in Greece and one in Italy, without an election.

“We are meant to be independent sovereign states and that completely undermines that theory.

“One of the biggest tragedies is that we have actually lost the ability, and this is proven more than ever now, to administrate the running of our country because it involved so much pay out to Brussels.

“It was a lazy way of governing.

“It’s become like a soap opera but the biggest loser out of all of this will be parliament – it could well be the end of the two party system as we know it.

“It’s hard to see it going back to what we had beforehand.”

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