Imagine if freshly minted Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Clarkson foreign secretary, creating a Top Gear takeover of post-Brexit Britain. Instead we have to make do with an equally left of field candidate: Boris Johnson.
Years from now, the result of the EU referendum will be another one of those historical moments in which everyone remembers exactly where they were when it happened. I certainly won’t forget nor the hours that followed as I was in a hotel built into the cliffs on a Greek island.
In the last couple of months, I’ve travelled the country presenting my investment views on Brexit to hundreds of IFAs at seminars and conferences. While the thoughts and opinions of the audiences have varied significantly, one factor has united them all: the acknowledgement that the outcome of this referendum is incredibly important.
On Tuesday, a surge of half a million applications caused the government’s voter registration website to crash: 525,000 submissions on deadline day. This shows that we’re either a nation of complete procrastinators or the sheer political force of this referendum has prompted typically indifferent voters to actually take an interest in politics. Either way, it’s clear the Brexit debate has stirred up significant political intrigue across the country, which can’t be a bad thing.
Is the latest ICM poll for the Guardian a watershed moment for the Brexit debate? For the first time, the telephone and online survey has put the leave campaign ahead with the overall result showing a 52% - 48% split in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.
As time ticks down towards next month’s Brexit vote the debate is getting loud enough to drown out almost everything else. Yet developments on the Continent are just as important for our future if Britons decide to remain in the EU.
With just over a month to go before we take to the polls, the Brexit debate continues with more attack ads and vagaries. This week, the unlikely trio of Lib Dem’s Vince Cable, Labour’s Ed Balls and chancellor George Osborne used a specially branded Ryanair plane as a bandstand for the ‘remain’ campaign.
It’s been just over a fortnight since Rathbones and The Spectator hosted a frenetic Brexit debate at the London Palladium. Yet in that short space of time the decision around ‘should we stay or should we go’ has continued to gather pace. And, just when you thought the debate couldn’t get any more farcical, the prime minister has issued a warning that Brexit could lead to World War III and Boris Johnson has been spotted waving a pasty from a bus in Cornwall.
Last night, I had a second row seat at the London Palladium. Fortunately, it wasn’t to see Bradley Walsh introduce a line up of Britain’s Got Talent rejects. Instead, the performance involved six politicians debating on whether the UK should remain in the EU. The ‘Old Lady of Argyll Street’ has probably never seen a show like it.