From the Independent yesterday: It’s hard to digest what happened this morning in the UK, especially when Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – the supposed triumphant victors of the whole charade – are standing in front of you looking like they’re speaking at a funeral. This is a “glorious opportunity for Britain”, Boris said in the tone of a political prisoner reading out a false confession. And in many ways he is a prisoner of his own politics. He played with the idea of Brexit, probably expecting a narrow victory for Remain and the opportunity to ride the momentum of angry pro-Leave sentiment right to the Prime Minister’s office. Now, instead, he faces the possibility of actually having to steer Britain out of the EU and into a brave new world of probable recession, continued austerity and isolation from our nearest neighbours. Read more here.
There’s a petition for a second referendum to be held, now that people realise what is at stake. Over a million people have signed it already. The government has said that the referendum is final, but why does it have to be? Every serious decision merits careful appraisal and re-appraisal, politicians happily change their minds all the time – and apparently a rule can be evoked to call for a second referendum. If you are a British citizen you can sign here.