Britain. Stop it now. Go home. You’re drunk.

by Charlie_East_West on July 6, 2016


Britain. Stop it now. Go home. You’re drunk.
Success lies in the choices. And when you are drunk, you tend to make some pretty stupid choices.
Our choice on June 23rd was a spectacularly stupid choice. Voting to leave the EU is a bit like what happens when you try and fix a faulty watch with a hammer.

17.5 million people voted Britain out of the EU. Just stop and think about that for a second. Yes, 17.5 million people decided to vote for another recession. 17.5 million people bought into the propaganda of fear and loathing against Johnny Foreigner and “we want our country back”. 17.5 million people voted the country back into dark age of uncertainty and recession and for the pound to collapse, the FTSE250 to tank, 10-year bond yields to reach record low levels, property market uncertainty, an investment drain, an end to convergence funding, no free trade, an increase in hate crimes, no freedom of movement, the break up of Britain, a constitutional crisis and a political leadership vacuum. 17.5 million people “want control back” – yet, since the vote on June 23rd, our country is spiralling out of control.

What we are now facing is a set of very dangerous and complex circumstances that appear to be unravelling at a very quick pace. Circumstances that may prove to be way beyond the grasp of our politicians. We need to deal with a multitude of uncertainties and an escalating economic crisis so great that George Osborne has already torn up his surplus targets – and all because 52% of voters were worried about immigration, unelected representatives in Brussels, the shape of bananas, or simply using their vote as a protest against the establishment – while failing to understand that the EU is the major UK/geopolitical connector of business, finance and trade. In effect, we have 17.5 million turkeys voting for Christmas.

One of the critical factors in the EU vote was immigration, and in particular, EU migrants. On this issue, our arrogance is quite breathtaking. Out of the 28 EU member states, which one has the largest population living outside the country?
Answer: Britain
Britain votes to leave the EU and stop the flow of “immigrants”, yet, 4.9 million of its own citizens live as “ex-pats” in other countries. “They” come over here and we call them “EU migrants”. “We” go over there and call ourselves “ex-pats”. The hypocrisy is quite breathtaking.

I have come to the conclusion Britain can be quite embarrassing. It is a bit like Europe, quietly sitting in a bar, sipping Martinis and laughing with close friends. Britain, meanwhile is swigging from the bottle and staggering around the bar singing “we’ve got our country back”. It is all so narrow, insular and with more than a whiff of xenophobia.

I should actually amend the last paragraph to “parts of Britain” – as the EU vote has clearly shown a divided Britain. London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU, but huge areas of the South West, South East and Northern England and Wales voting in majority to leave the EU. We also had an age divide where the younger voters now feel that their future within the EU has been robbed by the elderly, who voted in substantial numbers to leave the EU. We also have an university degree educational divide between in voting patterns. The divisional schisms are everywhere and will not be easily healed.

My feeling is that leave voters have been sold a pup. Eurosceptics have had 30 years to define what Leave really is, and yet, despite pouring petrol on the flames of hatred by whipping up half truths, borderline rasism or downright lies during the campaign, here we are in a post-Brexit landscape with no clear understanding or indeed contingency or planning about what happens next. Indeed, our politicians are either departing, resigning or becoming embroiled in a battle for leadership. All of which is creating a political void and yet more uncertainty which will have a profoundly negative effect on our economy – which demands some sort of core stability to flourish.

Britain voted for Brexit without knowing what Brexit looked like in function and form. The final withdrawal from the EU after Article 50 is triggered will be hugely complex and with enormous ramifications for our country. Therefore, we must have another referendum on the final terms and conditions of a negotiated Brexit deal. The next vote should therefore, be under the auspices of an agreed Brexit settlement presented in details right in front of the electorate rather than another casebook of slogans, rhetoric, hunches and lies.

Boris Johnson, who fled the scene after discovering that he might actually have to take responsibility for our EU exit, sold the electorate the following promises to the electorate prior to the referendum:-
1. British laws will trump British edicts
2. British Supreme Court will uphold them
3. Immigration will be on our terms
4. We will trade freely in a European single market
5. There will be no second referendum

1 contradicts 4
2 is already the case
3 also contradicts 4
5 can’t be guaranteed
6 was missing – “don’t believe 1,2,3,4,5”.
Apart from that, top work, Boris. You hoodwinked 17.5 million people.

The whole thing is a complete and utter mess. Britain has now moved from the age of austerity to the age of absurdity. Britain needs to sober up, and fast.

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Mick Middle-East July 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

I like you analogies, and most of what you say above seems to be true and I agree with. But at the end of the day the Remainers lost the vote, this is democracy in action.
The campaigning on both sides was very poor and those leaders bleating about the result could all have done more to put some real facts across.
But as long as The Sun and the rest of the Murdoch media empire is allowed to do the educating, the I’ll informed will be lead like sheep.


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