Time for some sense about Brexit?

by Richard on January 4, 2018

Writing in Unherd, the usually sensible Giles Fraser suggests that Remainers still sore at the prospect of losing their maroon EU passport … could apply for a world passport. I recognise that he isn’t being entirely serious, of course, but for me this article epitomises all that has been wrong with the Brexit debate both pre- and post-referendum. He presents those who are still committed to trying to find a way for Britain to stay in the EU as anti-democratic middle-class imperialists, just as many “Remoaners” constantly present Brexiteers as reactionary little Englanders.

What we need more than ever is a bit of calm rationality, but I fear it is too late for that. With hindsight, I believe that the whole referendum should have been postponed after the murder of Jo Cox, which was surely evidence enough that political life had become dangerously toxic. Now we have a government completely paralysed by Brexit, still no real sense that anyone really knows what Brexit means, and many serious problems going unaddressed, in part because every civil servant in Whitehall has been side-tracked by the process.

There has to be hope. At some point, sense will prevail. But we aren’t there yet.

( For light relief, we remind ourselves that Giles Brandreth saw this coming…

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Kim 01.04.18 at 6:47 pm

A: What we need more than ever is a bit of calm rationality, but I fear it is too late for that.

B: At some point, sense will prevail. But we aren’t there yet.

Well, which is it? :)

My euros are on A. Flapdoodle will prevail.

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Richard 01.04.18 at 9:49 pm

As always, I reserve the right to be logically inconsistent!

I want B to be true. But for the moment I’m stuck on A.

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