I’m not going to tell you who I had dinner with the other night, not that I’d rate them as politically significant, far from it— But I can tell you they voted to remain in the EU. During the second course, a Brexit discussion picked up traction as I forked-out the mushrooms from my risotto. I thought I’d sit this one out, after all, their views drifted unapologetically towards far-end of extremist remain and I was already a little worn-out from defending my vegetarian option.
“Did you vote remain, Charlotte?”
Perhaps my reluctance to join in with David Davis’s character assassination betrayed me—? Or maybe it was my fixated pupils staring down a glass of red as my table haughtily insult the intelligence of anyone who voted Brexit—?
“No,” and its here that I truly give up on the risotto. “I’m a Brexiteer.”
“Do you realise you are responsible for the biggest disaster since WWI?”
I won’t type out the rest of the transcript as the conversation went downhill faster than a gold medal winning winter Olympian defending a medal position.
Tribal Remainers aside, I made my arguments back in 2015/2016 and I voted to leave the EU; being provoked to defend Brexit through breakfast, lunch and dinner is inconsequential. We won, and what’s tormenting remain voters now is the fallacious pledge from irresponsible influencers that a second ballot isn’t just tenable, but moral.
‘Best for Britain’, a campaign group which received a £400,000 donation from billionaire financier George Soros, hopes to convince lawmakers in parliament to block the withdrawal deal.
Eloise Todd, the CEO of Best for Britain believes the chances of their campaign firmly stopping Brexit is just short of 50:50. A brazen statement as Todd doesn’t provide any real evidence to support the claim. “We have an ambitious plan that is multiple seven figures. We think we need millions to win this fight… Brexit can be stopped if people want it to be stopped,” Todd, told Reuters, “It is absolutely not over yet.”
Best for Britain raised a further £200,000 from a crowd funding campaign and Soros has pledged a further £100,000 which is said to be matched by private equity investor Stephen Peel. The group has declared donations of around £1.2million and are keen to splash-out on blitz advertising to convince MP’s to vote to keep Britain in the Customs Union and against the final Brexit deal.
But why didn’t they do this before? How many times would the UK need to vote leave before Remain Billionaires accept the result? Millions are set to be spent on advertising to foil a democratic vote at a time when homelessness finally comes under the public spotlight as the number of rough sleepers rise for the seventh year, rough sleepers that will likely sleep below the flashy billboards Best for Britain bought and paid for.
At a talk last week I listened to Liam Halligan reminisce on the clannish behaviours of those who fought for and against the single currency, and how the same shut-down arguments and smear-campaign labels have been reassigned to Brexit.
The mistake back then was assuming the Euro could mimic the dollar, a currency that could thrive across member states forgetting that the USA shares an economy, developmentally states are similar and there is no language barrier. The single currency lead to asymmetric shocks which affected some countries and regions more than others, there was no transparency benefit of like-for-like prices as single market limits price convergence. The EU naively crossed their fingers and hoped for the best.
How many friendships have been rekindled since the millennium? How many times have we been told we were right as the belligerent calls campaigning to join the Euro, fizzled out?
And much like the ‘Resist’ movement in the USA, the neverendum Remain campaign has developed into nothing more than an idealist empty hash-tag without any positive argument for EU membership. Perhaps there could have been legitimate hope if Labour had adopted a second referendum in their manifesto, but that hasn’t happened.
Corbyn dismissed calls for a second referendum in January on the Andrew Marr show, he was later criticised by Vince Cable who accused Corbyn of moving closer and closer to a Conservative hard Brexit after Corbyn distanced himself from the Norway Model. 60% of Labour voters were remain but over 60% of Labour’s constituencies voted to leave. It wouldn’t make political sense for Corbyn to challenge the result; he’s comfortably in a principle role that bears little risk in regards to Brexit.
A waitress set down a desert in front of me; I hadn’t even registered her taking away the risotto, but cake diffused the ambush for two or three mouthfuls.
“So, you’ve had no formal education?”
“I attended European Business School.”
“Would no real university accept you?”
Guess not. I wonder where these people will go when we Brexit?