I must stop rising to this bait. My last word on bolted horses…
Change does not stop. The EU has, can and will go on evolving, with or without us. Beneficial change would take a generation of UK politicians who can look further into the future than the next 140 characters to get engaged. This makes the real problem the quality of domestic governments. Despite the predictable lip service and the undoubted good intentions of many elected members, we seem to return leaders who don’t believe in much beyond the spreadsheet’s bottom line and being, or staying, in charge. That is possibly why they get so passionate about their ideas or intentions being thwarted - be it by Europe…or our very own House of Lords.
Incidentally, for all the allegations about Remain's reliance on fear tactics - it is Brexit who has been telling people the country is being submerged in a sea of immigrant labour. For the most part (Unless you live in Lincolnshire?) immigration is a convenient hot button to press to promote a public panic. Is it right to pay EU workers lower rates and use this to keep wages down across the board? Of course not but can we not blame 'them' for doing it to 'us'. It is UK business writing those cheques, cutting its costs to preserve profits, dividends and directorial benefits - with UK government providing the latitude for them to do it. The logical extension of this ‘shareholder value’ mindset is Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a peculiarly ugly result but in a world enslaved by stock prices and spreadsheet soothsayers...?
In other news…When we leave the EU we will be just another foreign country...customs clearance, forms and paperwork, import duty, passport control etc etc. If we want free trade without the political element, realistically
we will currently have to pay the same price for it all the other associates do - that means free movement of people…which, if Brexit can be believed, is not on the table. Yes, they do sell us more than we sell them but reportedly, we sell Ireland more than we sell to the rest of the Commonwealth combined, making buoyant predictions about future trade beyond Europe seem a mite rose-tinted. It is hard to believe Ireland and all those Mediterranean economies in the grip of massive austerity (never mind the French, Germans etc) would see why they should cut Boris a better deal than anybody else gets, while the UK insists on only playing the game its own way, ignoring the rules that do not suit. Like the SNP's independence campaign before it, Brexit thinks it can cherry pick the bits that are convenient and leave the rest on the side of the plate. In what sphere of your
life does that work? (Apart from with cherries) Politicians are encouraging us to embrace the concept of 'rights' but not 'responsibilities' but perhaps, if your horizon is only 140 characters distant, that probably makes perfect sense and undoubtedly flatters your personal objectives.