Many of you are probably bored witless by Brexit by now. I share your pain.
The saga continues without an apparent end in sight (looks like it could now be delayed for at least three months and maybe a year). Following the 2016 referendum result, few observers – even the most cynical – didn’t foresee such a complete last-minute mess.
But despite this, many of you have kindly responded to our series of UK Uncensored Brexit articles. Here’s a snapshot what you’ve had to say (please note I’ve just used contributors’ Christian names – and apologies that I haven’t been able to include all your comments) …
Leave means Leave
The prevailing sentiment amongst our contributors is summed up by ‘Malcolm’ – who states bluntly that he’s a brexiteer and that “Leave Means Leave”.
“17.4m people voted to leave the corrupt and failing EU”, says ‘Neil’. “If their wishes aren’t met by those quislings in Westminster, millions will turn away from the main parties. Trust is now all but destroyed in politicians. Many are saying what is the point of voting when many of those… represent[ing] us don’t accept the result of a democratic decision? In over 45 years of voting I’ve never felt so much anger among ordinary people aimed at those in Westminster”.
“We have 650 politicians in Parliament and 500 of them are remainers”, notes ‘Gwen’. “We should sack the lot of them for non-performance… [it’s] like watching a pack of screaming hyenas”.
Same hymn sheet there, Neil and Gwen. It’s good to see that others agree with my rants about posturing politicians consistently failing to deliver on the referendum result.
In fact, you haven’t been afraid to be controversial in some of your comments. Here’s ‘Peter’: “looking at photographs of the bulk of Remain MPs I observe their youth and petulant, childish behaviour. They’ve grown up subject to the constant indoctrination of how wonderful the EU is. They suffer from a lack of knowledge of the history of the UK over at least the last 700-odd years. What a pity they know so little of the real facts and just how marvellous the UK really is”.
A ‘no deal’ under WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules is the way to give the UK freedom from the EU at no cost, says ‘Rob’. “Any deal that the EU or this parliament would wish for will handcuff our country for ever into the EU’s New World Order Agenda”, he continues. “I don’t believe remainers understand where the EU is going and it’s not motivated by trade”.
‘John’ agrees. “As a hardened brexiteer I only see the benefits of leaving Europe in favour of WTO trading”, he says. “I’ll be happy to buy wines from Australia/California and cars manufactured in the UK. I also feel the European dream EU politicians are peddling is a load of tosh and other member countries are waking up to this, e.g. Greece, Italy. The EU is not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship”.
But some don’t like our editorials. “You are spewing hysterical remainer claptrap”, says Nick. “The so-called soft Brexit is not Brexit and few are fooled by this. You work from the premise that ‘no deal’ won’t work. After the initial bumps of ‘no deal’ we have every chance of flourishing in a global market. Chances are the EU will continue to increase its debt, bringing more poverty to southern European. Germany and France will fall into a serious recession and the EU will collapse”.
Sure, different editors at Agora have diverse opinions. But my colleague Sean Keyes has explained why, in his view, the EU will fall apart one day. And to be fair, I’ve never said that a ‘no deal’ scenario won’t work in the long run. Indeed I’ve always maintained that it wouldn’t be as bad as widely forecast, while ultimately sterling may rise to higher levels than it’s standing at today.
United Ireland the answer?
But not all our readers are confirmed brexiteers. And some have other possible solutions…
“As somebody who remembers divided Germany and the fuss made over re-unification, I conclude the only solution lies with the unification of Ireland”, says ‘Rodney’. The Irish “must decide by referendum if they wish to be in or out of the EU and in or out of the Union. Maybe they’d like unification with Scotland which is where the original Ulstermen came from”.
“I can’t say that I’m with Tusk (another Donald, this time President of the European Council) or Junker (President of the European Commission) but I understand their position and the predicament. None of us wants to see a resurgence of ‘the troubles’ and a revivified IRA”.
Agree that no one sane desires to see the latter again. But more referenda? What guarantee is there that the politicians will take any more notice of these than Brexit itself?
Indeed, following on from the earlier-quoted complaints about politicians, Brexit’s biggest casualty may be “the on-going dismantling of Britain’s so called democracy”, says ‘Ralph’.
“Regardless of which side you voted, you must surely be appalled about the way Westminster has said “we respect the people’s vote” whilst trying every way it can to keep us tied into the EU on an on-going basis. How can anyone ever possibly believe anything that one of the main parties puts into a manifesto in the future? The potential costs associated with this are far more detrimental to the UK than any damage to our economy caused by crashing (!?!?!) out of the EU without a deal”.
Anyway, there we have it. Again, apologies for not being able to include all your comments. But from the replies we’ve received so far, it’s very clear that a substantial majority want our politicians to stop bickering and organise the Brexit that the UK voted for in 2016.
And if that doesn’t happen, as some of you asked, what was the point in holding the People’s Vote in the first place?
At the end of the day, though, our job here isn’t to forecast what the politicians will do next. It’s to assess how financial markets will react to the latest developments. So stay tuned to UK Uncensored. And please keep sending your opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org.