Brexit visions

This was tweeted by Nick, who I know only as an Arsenal supporter but his take on Brexit serves a conclusion much wider than that!

He suggests that Brexit is:

“People celebrating an imaginary freedom, over an imaginary oppressor in an imaginary war. With imaginary benefits.”

I really cannot improve on that.

Yet is this freedom from – or is it freedom to?

It cannot be freedom from since the UK was actually a prominent part of the regulatory superpower that is the EU.

So it must be freedom to – to do what exactly? Well impoverish ourselves looks likely, make sure we shut down opportunities for our young people for sure, and even talking to Chinese National Rail about building HS2, our greatest current individual national investment. Leaving the EU seems to involve disinvesting from our own country!

Indeed nobody has ever realistically suggested the question to which Brexit is the answer…

It is now apparent that leaving the EU roughly translates as completely leaving our senses – and all because we were lied to.

Makes you proud that we live in a country where the Mother of Parliaments is in charge doesn’t it?


  1. Samuel Johnson -

    Fintan O’Toole has written quite a lot on this theme, in his book “Heroic Failure” and numerous articles (eg,; – – and many others).

    Freedom from what is the question never answered. I have shared the following list of EU regulations that the UK voted against with many Brexiters and asked them to let me know which has had an adverse impact on their lives:

    I’ve never yet had an answer*. The UK voted against some of these despite supporting them, principally for budgetary reasons (wanted costs to be deferred).

    *except: the rather meaningless “it’s the principle”

  2. Andrew -

    Newsnight last night was bizarre, with Barry Gardiner correctly pointing out that most trade deals are about improving alignment and access, and this is about the opposite. And Lord Marland saying we now have the freedom to change our regulatory standards, which are often more stringent then the EU (that is, we have the freedom to remove the gold plating that was always our voluntary choice to add). So what exactly is the problem with being required to comply with lower standards than the ones we decide for ourselves to implement?

    The EU is not going to resile from its desired position of “no tariffs, no quotas, no dumping”. The UK is a big trade partner for the EU, but the rest of the EU is even more important, economically and politically. And we desperately need them to keep buying our services.

    We are going to have month and months of this performative ritual dance before any kind of settlement is reached.

    1. Peter May -

      Good points. Bizarre is the word…

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