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A Hard Brexiteer Repudiates the Brexit Adventure : Anyone Else?


owedtojoy

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Peter Oborne has an impeccable Conservative CV - public school (Sherborne), Oxbridge education (Cambridge in his case), career in City Finance, writer in the Telegraph (aka Torygraph), then in the Daily Mail.

Unsurprisingly, he was a committed Leaver in the Brexit Referendum and supporter of a Hard Brexit. But now he has relented of the whole venture, and publicly recanted his former faith in Brexit.

I was a strong Brexiteer. Now we must swallow our pride and think again

If we are to leave the European Union we want a sensible Brexit. There’s no chance of that just now.
Today I have to admit that the Brexit project has gone sour.

Brexit has paralysed the system. It has turned Britain into a laughing stock. And it is certain to make us poorer and to lead to lower incomes and lost jobs.
Summary:
  1. There’s zero chance of a sensible Brexit amidst the pandemonium and hysteria at Westminster just now
  2. The economic arguments for Brexit have been destroyed by a series of shattering blows
  3. Britain’s departure from the EU will be as great a disaster for our country as the over-mighty unions were in the 1960s and 1970s
  4. When hedge-fund managers and the Communist Party see eye-to-eye on any question, it’s time to be concerned
  5. Well done Britain for challenging remote oligarchs based in Brussels
  6. The European Union is not a dictatorship
  7. The UK will be weaker and more isolated
  8. Like almost everybody else I underestimated the importance of the Good Friday Agreement
  9. Phrases such as 'vassal state', 'empire' and 'supplicant' do not even remotely characterise our relation with Europe
  10. Suspending Brexit will be greatly preferable to the alternative.
  11. It’s time for a long pause.
For anyone who opposed Brexit, a lot of the above brings the response "I told you so!". Is there anyone else who now repents? And should the whole Brexit project be iced? Donald Tusk is receptive, and maybe Britain could get a improved deal like the abortive pre-Referendum Tusk-Cameron one?
 


owedtojoy

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It seems that at the moment, a majority of UK voters agree with Oborne by 54% to 46%.

The latest YouGov poll asked the question:

In hindsight, do you think Britain was right or wrong to vote to leave the EU?
Field work dates: 1 August 2016 - 11 April 2019
Data from: Great Britain, United Kingdom
Results from: 116 polls
 

firefly123

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Meh.
If they dont get the rock hard Brexit they never really voted for in the first place but have convinced themselves they have then they will claim all the bad outcomes are because it wont be pure enough.
They are like communists at this stage. Sure it only failed every single time because it wasn't communist enough. Soon enough brexiteers will be saying the same.

Let them do their thing.
 

raetsel

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Meh.
If they dont get the rock hard Brexit they never really voted for in the first place but have convinced themselves they have then they will claim all the bad outcomes are because it wont be pure enough.
They are like communists at this stage. Sure it only failed every single time because it wasn't communist enough. Soon enough brexiteers will be saying the same.

Let them do their thing.
Unfortunately it seems that Brexit is needed in order to bring to loons to their senses. When income tax revenues start falling as a result of job losses, the state pension and other benefits will be hit by cut after cut, as there are few other options available to balance the books.
 

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