Having been a fan of pragmatism my whole life, I have always believed that compromise is a sign of strength. Even so, even after an exhausting 2 years of thinking, debating and campaigning around Brexit issues, I continue to be totally resolute in arguing to remain in the EU, right in the heart of Europe. I believe this is where our interests will continue to be best served, whatever our background, whatever our place of birth, whatever the state of our bank balance.
Why, I was asked the other day, would I not be satisfied with a soft remain, in the customs union or something like a Norway-ish option or something on the lines of Jeremy Corbyn’s recent letter?
Well the short answer is I am totally sceptical of the Leave Establishment. The long answer is I do not believe they will ever accept such compromises in practice going forward, even if they decide to support such a thing in parliament because they see it as a way of avoiding a referendum where there is a chance the public will demonstrate the will of the people is not so much the will of the people anymore. They will want to continue to pursue their anti-Europe instincts.
The Brexit Glitterati such as Farage and other Ukip and ex Ukip people and the right of the Tory party have used their Euroscepticism to give themselves a platform for personal power. In the case of the UKIP MEPS for example, they have used their positions in the European Parliament to undermine and represent British citizens in the worst possible way, not attending committees and debates which are there to develop and improve EU laws and policies for the benefit of citizens across the continent and accepting their pay and expenses for zero public service in return.
Instead of speaking on the subject being debated in the European Parliament, they have frequently used these opportunities to grandstand with diatribes and rants against EU leaders, MEPS and Commissioners and by extension the people of those countries. YouTube is full of these pointless and negative speeches only designed to please Farage & Co fans and backers. They are laughing at everyone taking tax payers money in order to just shout a lot about foreigners and immigration to keep their supporters happy. Even if reports are true and Farage and his friends have rejected the current form of UKIP which has lurched to the far right, they will attempt to keep the same negative tactics in any new re-imagination of UKIP.
My greatest distaste is reserved for the right of the Tory party, those Eurosceptics who claim so vehemently to have hated every single second of the UK being part and helping to build one of the biggest most successful trading blocs in the world over 40 years whilst at the same time being huge beneficiaries from it at a personal level. The level of hypocrisy amongst these kinds of politicians should nauseate every sensible thinking citizen of the UK. In the main these people have been huge winners in a multitude of ways thanks to the power of the City of London which has grown in strength and vigour precisely because of our EU membership and the Single Market. These MPs have chosen to use their Euroscepticism as a whip to beat leaders and PMs. The threat to a split Tory party comes directly from this minority of people, it always has. On the face of it they only seem to care to use their threats of 48 Letters to destabilise their leaders in order to push an anti-EU agenda, which, given the passion they claim begs the question why they haven’t the faintest idea how to implement it. Note that when it comes to it though, they suddenly find a new-found affection for “Tory unity”. They have no confidence in their own party of government until they have confidence in it sufficiently to dodge a general election threat.
All these Brexit players have been far more interested in shouting from a distance, indulging in a kind of professional controversialist game-playing in order to build their own power. Most of the Brexit architects have resigned or slunk away from any responsible position in trying to deliver the thing they claim is closest to their hearts. I ask myself if I should be supporting a compromise and then I think carefully about these politicians who have driven us to this chaos. I ask you all this question. Do you think these people are going to give up the very addiction that gives them their sense of power? They may well be persuaded to support some form of deal by Mrs. May. They are far from stupid. They understand perfectly that no-deal is a seriously damaging outcome. They want the threat of it used to get the EU into giving them something without having to give anything back in return. When the penny drops that won’t happen to their satisfaction, they will find some fudge to support Mrs. May.
But then very quickly, will they not see a softened Brexit as simply an opportunity to continue to play their games? The in-depth negotiations for some years which will follow any version of Brexit will be an opportunity for them to start pushing again with their attention-seeking agenda. They will continue the internal party conflict they have thrived on and Labour will also continue to struggle with their own internal divisions over this. These splits are not going to disappear or be healed by any kind of compromise Brexit. The Eurosceptics will continue to pull away or pull apart and resist anything which even smells of moving closer again to the EU27. It’s just a slightly different platform for them to shout from. In the end if we agree to some form of pointless Brexit, we will have conceded ground which is totally contrary to the interests of every man woman and child of this country for what in return? For Brexiters to simply see it as a chance to keep pulling and pulling us further back from our closest neighbours and making us give more and more of our personal rights and protections up as consumers, as citizens, as workers.
Do I trust these people? Do I want to support a fudge?
No I don’t and No Thankyou. .
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