Actually, lots of stuff bugs me about Brexit, but since the ‘No’ vote for staying within the EU in the ridiculous referendum David Cameron called on a whim simply in order to rein in his recalcitrant back-benchers, one thought has remained constant in my mind: ‘One No, Many Yeses’.
It was the title of a book I came across during my degree studies – if I remember rightly the book is about anti-capitalism in an increasingly globalised world – but to me the title seems a perfect description of what’s been going on internally in the UK with regard to our Brexit negotiations ever since the referendum.
It was a really close vote, but overall the country voted not to stay in the EU – that’s the ‘one no’. But within the ranks of those that voted to leave, there seems quite clearly to be multiple different visions and versions of exactly what leaving means – that’s the ‘many yeses’. So in that situation, the constant arguements even within the Cabinet, never mind Parliament and the rest of the country as a whole, don’t really surprise me at all.
For those who voted to remain in the EU, they tend to speak with with one voice in choosing to stay. But for those who voted to leave, it seems to me they simply can’t agree between themselves as to what they actually voted for, and therefore what the long-term repercussions might mean for the country as a whole.
And for me, that’s been the underlying problem all along. So inevitably, most Remainers aren’t happy with whatever plans the Government comes up with, and even today at this late stage in the overall process it seems that most Leavers aren’t happy with it either, because ultimately a cobbled-together compromise suits no-one…
It’s a long-term political nightmare, so we’ll just have to wait and see what new dismal disasters today’s planned Cabinet meeting on the latest proposed draft deal brings… 😦