Brexit. Positions versus Postures. Or Pouts.
“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
Remain a member of the European Union
Leave the European Union… because… I do believe…
There’s a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
There’s a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time to spare,
Time to learn, time to care,
We’ll find a new way of living,
We’ll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere . . .
There’s a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we’re halfway there.
Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
The referendum resulted in a victory for “Somehow Somewhere”. This does not mean that everybody voting to “Leave” was voting for a state of chaos… only that the selfish and mendacious imbeciles who created this “question” created a false equivalence between “staying” and “leaving”.
“Leaving”, you see, is not a “position” – it’s a journey towards a position. A “position” involves a particular political arrangement, a way of relating to Europe and the wider world. “Let’s stay indoors” is a position, but “I’m going outside” tells us nothing about where you’re going.
A responsible referendum would have been brought in by a government that already had a plan to occupy a specific position. Such a government would have been committed to this plan in advance and could tell people how they intended to achieve this position. The referendum in June, however, this absurd cart in front of horse referendum, was brought in only because David Cameron wanted to outflank UKIP and appease the Eurosceptics in his own party. It was brought in only because he thought it reasonable to gamble Britain’s long term economic security and the nature of the British union itself for the sake of personal and party political advantage. He gambled and lost.
Different people voting “Leave” may have had various versions of “Leave” in their head. Some people were voting because of an old-fashioned Bennite concern about governance. Others actually believe what they read in The Daily Mail. Some people didn’t think exiting the EU would ever happen but wanted to embarrass David Cameron in some way shape or form. All sort of promises were made (albeit vaguely) about the advantages the UK could continue enjoy after leaving the EU, but none of these packaged promises amounted to a coherent “position” that the Leave campaign as a whole could commit to.
We’re told that the 48.1% need to accept that “Britain” has spoken. But “Britain” has not spoken on behalf of any “position” at all, has not decided where and how she wants to live. In the meantime, the 48.1% vote for the coherent option of staying in the EU represents a better mandate than any of the separate versions off leaving the EU and still having to deal with it. It is also a far better mandate than the current Conservative government enjoys, the one that created the current state of blind idiocy. Whatever final state of semi-detached disempowered offshorism the present government commits the bits and pieces that are left over from Britain to – it will be the decision of a minority – a minority of far far less than 48.1%.
Theresa May has subsequently made it clear that she believes Britain to be the dimmest nation on earth. Satisfied that people will be intellectually satisfied by the vapid tautology of “Brexit Means Brexit”, she now tells people that once 51.9% of those eligible to vote on a particular day in June in response to a question that made no sense have voted “Leave” – all further public debate about where Britain is going to live must cease. Having opened the front door, Britain must now be blindfolded and led by the hand – “somehow, someday, somewhere!”.