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As a note: this post is about the UK in the EU. If you are happy for the UK to leave the EU at this point and are tired of hearing about it, feel free to skip. It's a bit of a read.

So, this is how I see it. Until such time as Article 50 is officially triggered, the UK is not leaving the EU despite the constant interjections of the term "The UK IS leaving the EU" being thrown around. Therefore the way I see it, the war is not over just yet, even with the battles since Friday; some with pretty hefty casualties such as the value of the pound and various other currencies and markets. There's certainly been much speculation and uncertainty, and more than a little pre-emptive gun-jumping. Here's the thing - it's just that: pre-emptive.

In other words, it aint over til it's over. I genuinely believe that the UK leaving the EU and the single market will be the worst mistake my country has made in my lifetime so far, and I'm counting previous governments and even the Iraq wars. The future of the people in the country, the country itself and further afield is at stake and there will be decades of repercussions. The clock is ticking and all we can do is try to avert this disaster. We have a little time; a little breathing room. I, for one, am not prepared to roll over and fatalistically accept what I see to be the worst ending.

A50 isn't a goer just yet, neither is it a completely inevitable conclusion.

So what can be done?

For a start, write to your MP. They are your democratically elected representative in parliament. Make sure your wishes are expressed. A50 being triggered is something that parliament should vote to ratify, not just be casually triggered by whoever becomes Conservative party leader on September 9th. Stress this point. Remember, they may be Prime Minister but they were not who the voting public was thinking of when we held our last General Election. It's a shaky mandate they will hold. There seems little appetite for a snap General Election - doubled up by Labour's current implosion. (As an added note, if your MP is Labour then urging them to <insert what you want to see the PLP do here> and get on with being an Opposition is probably advisable.) Even if you didn't vote for whoever became your MP, they are still your representative. Even (especially) if your MP was pro-Leave. Just... be civil if they're from a party that isn't yours!

This is especially important if you originally voted Leave but now you've seen what's going on, you would rather have voted Remain. I cannot stress this enough - mention it in your letter!

The thing about all of this bandying about of what is and isn't "democratic" about the Referendum is that the whole thing is one muddy mess, and just one small part of this country's democratic process. The fact that formal official rules weren't built into the Referendum cuts both ways. If there are enough people who demonstrate that they would not have voted Leave had they known how things would play out afterwards, then the very slim voter majority for Leave might not even be a majority any more.
If the people change their minds, then is enacting the previous will of the people still the democratic thing to do?

Another thing to do is keep an eye on which leadership candidates in both parties are planning to do what, with regards to the UK leaving. As an example, Jeremy Hunt has expressed a desire for a Referendum to confirm or reject a Brexit deal. (I find myself in the incredibly weird position of agreeing with a thing that man has said. I think I need to jump in the bath.) Some candidates in both parties are very strongly for triggering A50 and leaving ASAP, and some are not. There's a deluge of pressures from absolutely everywhere right now - some to trigger and some not to trigger A50.

If you have any say in party leadership, be it through a membership vote or otherwise, make use of it. If a candidate seems like they want to do what they can to stop leaving then they would be one to go for. It becomes a case of which term of the future you see as being the most important ultimately: the long or the short term. If a candidate looks to be bad in the short term but good for the long term by helping to keep the EU status of the UK intact, is it worth voting for them? Not an easy decision; not one to take lightly.

This isn't about petty rivalries and getting back at so-and-so for that thing they did. It's about the much bigger picture.

If you can head along to demonstrations, protests, marches or other gatherings then please do. Every person there, every sign, every flag, every extra voice in a chant counts. It's important not to let this get forgotten and swept away in the daily torrent of random celebrity "news", Trump's latest tweet and terrible film reviews. Petitions and such are probably not going to have much effect directly, but keeping things in the forefront of minds and keeping concerns discussed are important. Visibility ties into impact and social media does that well.

Engage in discussion with those who feel happy to quit the EU. Those that want to engage in actual discussion that is. Understanding why what happened is what happened is the most important thing of all. It wasn't just media spin and the promise of rainbow-shitting-unicorn fantasy lala-land. The EU wasn't to blame for much of this; for example the lack of investment in the north of england was on our government, but the resulting anger was taken out in this vote. Listening to people about why they did what they did in order to understand it is important.

Call out abusive behaviour. Report it. Do what you feel you can to stop it. The stuff I'm seeing and hearing about is horrendous. I know racism isn't new and that xenophobia was depressingly common before the weekend but really, this is taking the cake.

Above all, if you don't want the UK to leave the EU then don't give up hope just yet. We still have a few weeks and it might just be possible to pull off something special.

Right, I've got a letter to my MP to finish up.

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She travelled a long way for the anomaly, what happened here?

I'm agent Maruland from Bogotá Colombia, I arrived to London last Saturday to reach my level 8 and be ready for Cardiff Anomaly, I started playing with a couple of local agents and we mananged to do 198.000 AP, and then I got bot banned.
I came all this way for Cardiff Anomaly and now I'm not being able to deploy, destroy, link or do anything for the Anomaly but Niantic is saying that I should respect the queue. I'm clearly not a bot, I traveled for the Anomaly and I just want to be able to play! A lot of local agents are vouching for me and certifying that I'm legal! I'm asking Niantic to don't discourage me and other agents for traveling to events like this, they should unblock my account. +Brian Rose​

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