So where do we go from here?
It is clear that Leave has no coherent plan for what they have seen, over the past few weeks, as the remote outcome of a Leave win. Farage calls for a Brexit Government, whatever that means, and Boris bumbles his way to the lectern and says nothing apart from some lies about how brilliant a Prime Minister Cameron was.
One is reminded of the Not the Nine O’clock News sketch where two protagonists are in the Television, studio tearing bits off each other verbally, only for one to die suddenly. Without drawing breath, the other launches into a soliloquy ending with the words ‘he will be sadly missed’.
So where do we go from here?
As I write this it is 1.00pm on Friday. Already David Cameron has resigned, as everyone knew he would have to if Remain lost. The so called ‘big beasts’ in the Tory party will say a few words of praise and shed crocodile tears before launching into a leadership battle. Boris, Gove?
It’s like being asked if you want to have your arm or your leg off without anaesthetic. Perhaps there is someone else who will emerge ‘Yes Prime Minster’ like from the wreckage. But it’s hard to see who.
Nicola Sturgeon has fired the first shots to demand a second referendum. The Scots will get it and they deserve it. Cameron and Co tricked the Scots into voting against Independence by telling them that a No vote was the only way for Scotland to stay in the EU. He may well be able to add the break-up of the Union to the list of his battle honours.
There are stirrings in Northern Ireland as well, with calls for a referendum on The North and Eire becoming one country. One can only imagine the outcome of that.
And what of Europe? Will the UK’s exit accelerate the breakup of the EU? The Dutch have their doubts and there are rumblings from the French Front Nationale and others.
Now the Labour party are planning a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
At the moment the the government does not command the respect of the British people nor does it have the authority to govern. A new leader of the Conservative party must trigger a general election, except of course the Parliament Act requires for a parliament to sit for five years unless two thirds of the House of Commons voted for dissolution. Whether this will be possible remains to be seen. And in the meantime who will negotiate the details of our exit from the EU.
An alternative option is for a political realignment. Moderates from the three main English parties form a coalition government, vote through reform of the voting system, and set out an agenda of political reform, to include the abolition of the House of Lords.
Who would lead it? Maybe the next few days and weeks will tell. We live in turbulent but interesting times. But the old order is dead and maybe just maybe some good can come from the vote to leave.