Re: Brexit View
Posted by Burbage
27 September, 2019 14:49
> Since day 1 of the referendum (which was won by
> the Leave camp btw) the Leave voters have been
> subjected to vile insults from the 'others'-
That must have been very distressing. But I don't quite see how that in itself has, for the space of over three years, prevented any of those famous 17.4 million people from producing a sketch of a workable, legal plan.
Because, without a plan, you're just calling for the disruption of millions of families, and thousands of businesses, that have grown intertwined with our neighbours for 45 years and, as a result, enjoyed an unprecedented period of prosperity, in return for something that doesn't exist and can never deliver the false promises of its promoters.
I deplore intemperate language, almost as much as this forum's filters do. But, with the deepest respect, that's surely immaterial compared to the snide rants of people like yourself, who diminish the justified anger of people whose livelihoods, relationships and futures are being threatened by daring to equate it with the unfounded bellowings of narcissistic populists.
I'm sure it's not your fault. You've probably never considered, for example, the south-coast widow of a British Army officer who, being a French citizen, is now sworn at in shops and frightened of being deported. You've possibly never considered the grandparents who, after twenty years in Spain, are unable to afford to move back to the UK, but can't afford healthcare where they are, and whose relatives won't be able to look after them and work at the same time. You've probably not thought about the florist, whose plants come from Holland. Or the tomato-grower, who relies on Netherland-bred bees. Or the mushroom farmer, whose spores come from Ireland. Or even the Cornish fishermen, whose Cornish Pilchards are landed from Cornish waters by Cornish boats and tinned in Brittany, where huge canneries can keep the costs down in the same way the vast Scottish bottling plants do for London's gin distillers. Or the musician, the artist and the scientist who, because nobody knows what might happen, now have question marks beside the jobs, grants, conferences, tours or festivals that their jobs rely on.
And, sure, some of the Leave arguments hold water. But it was the UK government that turned UK fishing quotas into internationally-traded commodities. The UK government forced councils to prioritise citizens from new accession states. And the UK government that failed to impose lawful restrictions on economically-inactive migrants. The very same government that, through austerity, has shifted the burden of the banks onto all private citizens and underfunded the NHS. These things have affected all households - both Leave and Remain - yet where was the outrage when they happened?
So, again with the utmost respect, don't 'other' us. We are, in many ways the same. But, though none of us will gain anything from Brexit, some of us have very much more to lose, and we are not going to sit quietly while a few individuals, in contempt of both parliament and the judiciary, wreak intolerable harm, just because they've managed to convince a slight majority with their transparent, vicious rhetoric that undermining our democratic institutions, and even the monarch herself, is somehow patriotic.