From the moment the result of the UK Brexit referendum was known, autocratic UK and EU politicians have been doing everything possible to try to reverse a result they neither liked, nor expected. Their Remain agenda has been supported enthusiastically by leaders of large multinationals and international banks, who do not want to lose the cocoon of cosy, anti-competitive regulatory complexity the EU has created.

People in the UK should not fear a no-deal Brexit. In any hiatus, be it a separation, a demerger or a divorce, there is almost inevitably a J curve, where at first it may feel that life will end. But things always return to normal, because life goes on, the world keeps turning — and people overcome their daily challenges.

Irrespective of the outcome of Brexit, the real challenge for UK voters is to reform a broken parliamentary democracy, which has always played to its own interests, rather than theirs. The lethal combination — of first-past-the-post, the party whip and a chamber designed for verbal assault — has kept the country locked in social conflict.

Unless and until the UK parliament, with its childish, self-absorbed, disingenuous and divisive pantomime, is modernised and transformed into a real democracy — for the people, by the people, the UK economy will continue to lurch and wobble its way out of the first world and towards the third, just as parts of southern and eastern Europe are already doing under a Franco-German led EU cosh.

James Anderson
Geneva, Switzerland

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