Well the UK is fucked. 51.9% of the British electorate voted in favour of leaving the European Union on the 23rd of June. They were promised the moon from political maniacs like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. They promised to fix the NHS, end mass immigration to the UK, make Britain great again and they may as well have thrown in ‘create a new British Empire’ at this stage because their arrogance is beyond believable.
The outcome of this referendum is that the UK could soon be broken up, with Scotland wanting to remain in the EU and Northern Ireland look to flare-up when they realize they will not be receiving EU funds and the likelihood is Westminster will opt for more ‘English’ orientated budgets considering Brexit was a vote for English nationalism than it was anything to do with the EU.
Here lies the problem for me with Brexit.
- Brexit will mean give Ireland big problems economically speaking. 20% of our exports go to Britain and business ties are very tight like a virgin. The economic fall-out of Brexit is already being felt by Irish banks. Bank of Ireland saw a loss of €2.7 billion and Permanent TSB also had a loss of €301 million since the 23rd of June. Ireland is looking at seeing a permanent loss of up to 3% of it’s GDP if Britain leaves. The reason for this is because Britain will lose access to the Single Market. As a member of the EU, Ireland can’t make trade deals with Britain unless it involves all other EU member states. In other words, the EU is pretty pissed off Britain left slamming the door and they aren’t going to give Britain an easy time getting their foot in the door to ask for a favour in regards to a trade deal, even if they are the 5th (Sorry 6th now) largest economy in the world.
- On the other hands, Brexit spells the beginning of the end for the UK. With Scotland looking to leave to remain in the EU and because ‘Braveheart’. The Brexit was a vote of frustration that allowed an English majority to vent their anger at the state of their country on a proxy EU. The English want Britain to be independent of the EU and gain their identity back. But what is English identity? If you ask a French person what their identity is, they won’t hesitate to tell you. Even the Scottish who have lived under a United Kingdom still retain their own identity which they will now be flying at topmast for independence to retain another identity that is equally important to them, being European. The question of Northern Ireland will now be more open that it ever has been. A united Ireland is on the table. The English are becoming more introverted to their needs. England has a population of 53 million, Scotland has about 5 million and Northern Ireland has 1.8 million people. It doesn’t take a bit of common sense to realize the issues that affect Scotland and Northern Ireland will take a backseat while England sorts itself out.
David Cameron resigned. In most other scenarios I would be pleased to see this pig-fucker out of office, but when you consider someone who looks like they were spawned from David Cameron’s bestiality infidelity, maybe he isn’t a bad choice. I mean, look a Boris Johnson, he looks like he is half pig, half man.
Nigel Farage on the other hand is simply an opportunists and it didn’t take long for him to do some damage control when the Leave vote got through when he said the £350 million of funds that go to the EU every week will not all be going into the NHS, as promised by the Leave campaign.
Nigel Farage made a speech in the European Parliament in which he said:
“Isn’t it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me – well I have to say, you’re not laughing now, are you?”
Nobody is laughing because there is a genuine shock at this referendum that had spread lies and falsehoods across the UK’s most deprived areas. The EU didn’t privatize services, it didn’t close down the coal mines or lower the standard of living of people in the UK. It was Britain’s own government that has led Britain to the point where people today in parts of the UK will not live as long as their parents generation. The EU didn’t put in food banks across the UK and Scotland because British government policies failed to meet the challenges. If anything, the only issue that had any truth to it was immigration. But why would people from deprived areas follow the call of the Conservatives and UKIP to Leave when it was these very same parties and their ideology and policies that had led to their own misery? It is mind-boggling.
“Because what the little people did, what the ordinary people did – what the people who’d been oppressed over the last few years who’d seen their living standards go down did – was they rejected the multinationals, they rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics and they said actually, we want our country back, we want our fishing waters back, we want our borders back.”
The Little people in this case are the ones who lose out most. Taking back fishing waters and Border control isn’t going to raise the standard of living of anyone in the Great Britain. It is obvious from his speech his wanted to create a David versus Goliath narrative. He referred to ‘Merchant Banks’, you know the very same ones in London that screwed the British people over, Big Politics and Multinationals. He wants to create a narrative that contains a conspiracy against the small guy. The truth is, his party policies, a long with the Conservatives has always been orientated towards accommodating the Merchant Banks, Big Politics and Multinationals. His narrative would obviously change to cater to whatever audience he is addressing. Whether it be the working classes of Northern England, or Welsh farmers, the message is the same, you are David, they are Goliath.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the referendum was the generation gap.
The majority of the Remain vote came from the demographics of 18-24, 25-34 and 35-44. This has to be the greatest cultural divide between young and old since the sixties. The youth of Britain wanted to remain while most of the middle-aged to elderly wanted to leave to capture back their ‘golden age’ mirage of ‘being British again’. My feelings go out to the youth in England who have been sucked into a really crap situation because of an older vote. A lot of the elderly voters won’t live long enough to see the economic effect it will have on them.
At the end of the day, it was the choice of the British people to decide on whether or not they wanted to remain in the EU. The EU can be as anal as they want about the entire issue, but when it comes down to it, Britain has voted to leave. Brussels isn’t looking for the best trade deal with the UK, it is looking at damage control. The British have now set a precedent that if they succeed in leaving without destroying their economy, other countries throughout the European Union will decide to leave. Britain isn’t likely to get a good deal when you consider Brussels flatly would rather see Britain suffer a little bit than give them the satisfaction of having access to the Single market without having an open border.
There may well be another referendum on the matter. This presents a lot more problems too. Let’s say for instance the remain vote passes this time, hypothetically, the leave campaign would create a narrative of the European hand scaremongering people into submission. Goliath would return and ‘we’ the ‘little people’ of Britain need to ‘take our’ country back from the EU in order to save our identity and culture. It will take years for Britain to regain trust from the member states. The damage has already been done and it may very well signal an end to Britain being a country. England and Wales may be all that is left when the future comes crashing down and their place in the world will be increasingly less important.
I hope this doesn’t happen. To me, the Leave vote is not Representative of what the British people are. I hope that either way, leave or remain, the UK will leave the rhetoric of ‘us’ and ‘them’ behind. The level of Occidentalism in Britain is soaring high as they look at the EU and it’s bureaucracy as a cold machine that doesn’t care about the human factor. There may be hope for the future when you consider most voters were young and that there could be a chance that what has happened can be amended in the future by a more pragmatic generation who see integration in Europe as an important step to keeping ourselves relative in the future.