Whether I’m on the way to drop off my young son with my mother in law before work at 6:45am, or pottering about the house with the TV on in the background, it’s the same old nonsense spouting out of the radio and TV day in day out. Even the radio station my husband sometimes has on quietly to fall asleep to is full of it. It cuts across everyday life. I’m plagued by it every time I switch on or log in to the outside world. Any clue what I’m talking about yet? Well I’ll tell you either way.
It’s this bloody Brexit bashing.
I mean really. Some of these James O’Brien types should wind their necks in.
Let me start with addressing this cringe-worthy ‘crash out’ claptrap. ‘If we crash out without a deal…’ ‘And of course, that would mean we crash out without deal…’ ‘What we need to do is make sure that we don’t crash out without a deal…’
Oh deary me.
For starters, can’t politicians and radio show hosts (these days the two are not mutually exclusive) come up with different ways to express the supposed grinding to a halt of all our trade with every country in the world ever? Perhaps they think the mindless repetition of this hyperbolic phrase will eventually begin to strike a chord with the average voter and serve to influence their decision at the ballot box should, and I fear that this will be the case, a general election come sooner than expected.
I find it totally and utterly bizarre that the single market is revered as some sort of saviour of Britain’s economy. Clearly not enough people are aware that it is a SHRINKING TRADE BLOCK and nowhere near as successful as its global competitors. With this tiresome, tedious twittering (mainly from the Lib-Dems) about a ‘No-Deal Brexit’; the panopoly of poe faces on The Daily Politics; and the droning on of doomsday debates we are subjected to when listening to BBC Radio 4 you’d swear we were on the brink of a bloody apocalypse. If it’s not the EU telling us to, ‘Get back in your box, Britan!’ Then it’s our own politicians. Shame on them. When will they learn? Project Pathetic didn’t work pre-Brexit, so why would it suddenly being to resonate now?
I actually think my fellow Brits are smart. They will recognise that leaving the European Union without a deal is far better than settling for some botched agreement, or indeed staying put and retaining the current status quo. Why on earth would we want to remain a member state of a block that prevents us from making our own trade agreements with the rest of the world?! I make no apologies when I say I’d take WTO rules over the WTF rules we currently have in place any day…
The second facet of this scare-mongering, anti-British rhetoric is of course the age old line of defence: The Racism Card. It was gathering dust for a while after the BBC realised people had stopped listening to them banging on about Ukip back in the early 2000s, but the establishment pulled it out of the pack, shook it, blew the dust off and played it at every possible juncture during the referendum campaign. And needless to say, after the initial shock and disbelief at the vote to leave (‘How dare people ask for freedom, sovereignty and democracy in their own country?!’) the non-seniscal, baseless accusations of racism and xenophobia screeched on.
In fact Diane Abbott, Labour MP and well known numbers pundit, used her numeric prowess to scrupulously calculate that there had been a precise ‘40% rise in racist hate crime since the vote for Brexit.’
Ok Diane; while I wouldn’t dare fact check you on this figure (we all know your Westminster’s answer to Carol Vorderman after all), I will point out one obvious flaw in your argument: If people really voted for Brexit for racial issues then why would it make sense for a rise in hostility now they’re got what they wanted? Surely if these bigoted Brexiteers believed that the evil immigrants would be sent home post-Brexit, they’d be feeling as though their job was done and all they had to do was sit back and wait for March 2019? And anyway, the apparent ‘rise in hate crime’ was actually down to people reporting Nigel Farage…for existing.
The irony of it is that it’s the Remoaners who are doing their level best to stir up post-referendum fear and resentment. Around about this time last year I listened in horror to LBC as James O’Brien told a distraught lady in her eighties that her husband would be sent back to Spain after having lived in the UK for fifty years, and that we had Brexiteers to thank for it.
I kid you not.
The third and final element to all this that really grinds my gears is the apparent willingness of politicians, celebrities and journalists alike to give up on this great country of ours because leaving the EU will apparently be ‘just too difficult.’ I can’t for the life of me remember who it was I heard on the radio late one Tuesday night, (not that it matters, once you’ve heard one Remainer off on a rant you’ve heard them all), but I do remember the general gist of what he said, ‘The problem is nobody really understands just how complicated the process of leaving really is. There’s years and years worth of laws, rules, and regulations all intertwined with legal systems… And yet these Brexiteers call anyone who acknowledges this and has a sensible approach a traitor!’
First of all, Mr Generic-Remainer-Radio-Host, the likes of Ukip have been campaigning for the last 25 years to leave the EU because they were aware of, and indeed witnessed, the anti-democratic block’s ever tightening grip on our laws, our trade, our regulations and all the things you speak of. Indeed they were laughed at, ridiculed, labelled ‘cranks’, ‘swivel-eyed loons’ and ‘fruitcakes’ for pointing out the fact that the common market- which has since morphed into a pernicious political union- was day by day strengthening its choke hold on this country and, if left unchecked, threatened to snuff out its light altogether. But the fact is that the process of exiting the union is not actually complicated at all. Part of the process of repealing the 1972 European Communities bill is to transfer all European laws over into British law. The sitting government can then pick through them, and decide which ones (if any) they might like to keep, over a period of however long they choose.
It really is that simple.
The apparent difficulty in the exit process lies solely with the shambolic deal brokering currently taking place between Theresa May and the EU with regards to trade. To be fair to her, people conveniently forget the fact that the seemingly endless exit plans, talks and preparations are actually the result of David Cameron and his frontbenchers’ total and utter arrogance in the run up to the 2016 referendum. Shortly before voters went to the polls, ardent Eurosceptic Douglas Carswell stood up in the House of Commons and asked the Prime Minister if he ‘had a plan in place in the event of a leave vote.’ The response he got, which was met with jeers and complacent laughter from both sides, was ‘Yes.’ This monosyllabic answer really encapsulated not only the complete and utter denial of Cameron and his Remainer cronies; their total lack of understanding of the country they were running and indeed the people whom they were meant to be representing; but also the fact that THERE WAS NO PLAN. If Cameron had taken things seriously then there’s no way the government would be in the chaos it is now. We certainly wouldn’t have had to wait 11 months for Article 50 to be invoked, especially seeing as Cam The Sham promised he’d trigger it ‘the next day’ if the country voted to leave on June 23rd last year. These trade talks are ‘difficult’, because of the infinite egotism of the pre-referendum politicians.
Having said that, Theresa May has the opportunity to prove her worth as the leader of this country by walking away from it all. As I mentioned earlier, WTO rules are nothing to be afraid of, far from it. She should walk away not just in the event of a poor deal being offered by the EU, but if they continue to hold Britain to ransom. Mr Juncker and co are trying their damndest to make an example of us, and they shouldn’t be allowed get away with it.
Now more than ever there’s talk of a second referendum. The political class, the big banks and the celebrities-come-political-gurus think there should be a referendum on the deal, and that we, the people, should have the right to reject what we deem to be an ‘unsatisfactory’ one. The likes of Farron, (yes, Farron. Tim Farron. You know! The leader of the Lib-Dems after Clegg. Sort of ginger hair, kept insisting he had ‘mates who voted leave’ and so that made him an authority on all things Brexit? Still nothing? OK never mind let’s move on regardless) even had the temerity to insist that the act of not allowing a second referendum would be ‘undemocratic.’
You’d have to be pretty damn thick not to see this for what it is: an attempt to extend project fear and bully us Brits into staying put.
What sort of deal would the EU offer anyway, if these trade talks do ever come to a head? I’d put money on it being membership in all but name. It would be Cameron’s ‘emergency brake’ all over again.
Bashing Brexit is just not helpful. It’s irritating and irrational. I’m sick to death of the whining about membership of the single market and baseless claims of racism and xenophobia. But most of all I am irked by the insinuations that leaving the EU is more trouble than it’s worth. On that note, and to finish, I will take this opportunity to quote my favourite character from the Harry Potter series (partly because it’s appropriate but also partly because I know J.K Remainerling would have a fit if she found out):
‘Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.’
These are of course the wise words of my fictitious friend Albus Dumbledore. The context is somewhat different (I don’t know whether you could compare Juncker to Voldermort; I’m pretty sure Voldemort was able to clearly articulate his plans for world domination both before AND after lunch) but the message resonates with me with regards to the current situation we find ourselves in as a country.
We are told that staying is the easy option, but the important thing to remember is that leaving is the right one.