As we all know, Brexit means Brexit.
But now, according to polls, it also means that the majority of people don’t want it anymore. Apparently, the thrill of leaving the EU has dwindled and if a second referendum was called to determine the fate of the country, the result would be a reverse of that of a year and a half ago.
There are a number of reasons for that change in attitude – for starters, a decent portion of people just voted for Leave as a kind of protest vote, always the best kind of vote to make when the decision will affect the long term future of the country and not just the next four years of government. Then there are the people who didn’t really understand the whole concept of it and thought the act of leaving the EU would immediately close our borders and, in a vast majority of cases, would somehow stop immigration from countries outside the EU. And then there’s the fact that the morning after the referendum vote, Nigel Farage appeared on TV and more-or-less said “I can’t believe you all fell for that shit about us being able to give £350 million to the NHS every year… hahahahaha” which was, let’s face it, the entire backbone of the Leave campaign.
There are calls for a second referendum. And given the fact that the Brexit Negotiations are costing a small fortune to even get as far as they’ve gotten that’s probably not a bad idea. Before we get too far down that rabbit hole, maybe just ask the country – again – what it really wants. Because, like I say, this is about the long-term future of the country and not just putting up with the Tories for a few more years.
Maybe for things like this – Brexit, the Scottish Independence etc – we should have a best of three voting system. We have three votes spaced over, say, a year. The result of the first vote is revealed and time is given to allow this to be debated in public forums, on the media, in parliament. Then we’re given a second vote. If the result is the same, huzzah, it’s clearly what everyone wants. If not, the third vote – again after discussions – is made and the outcome which wins the best of three is the one we run with. That was, at least, you’re going to weed out the people who just vote a particular way to make a statement that they have no intention of backing up.
But Brexit means Brexit. And the Government have said, repeatedly, that they won’t back down on it. The public have spoken, it’s what they wanted, it’s what they’re getting. The public have spoken again, though, and it’s more-than-likely it’s not actually what we want. Especially because the majority of the Leave stuff seems to have been built on lies and half-truths. I’m not saying the Remain camp was honest and pure, I’m just saying we already dealt with that level of bullshit. Leaving, with all the lies attached, is the equivalent of being a sailor of old who’s accidentally drifted into the bit of the map that says “here be dragons”. Basically, you’re fucked.
I mean, even now the lies continue. We were told that extensive studies had been done to assess the impact of leaving the EU on UK business and the like. But it turns out when they say they’ve been done, they mean not done. All that’s happened is that someone, at some point, has said “Aaaah, it’ll be alright…” and that has become gospel.
Brexit means Brexit. But if you look in a thesaurus, Brexit can also mean clusterfuck.