First sayings around the Brexit

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If Brexit wins, a reinvented Tory Party, ever shifting rightwards, will have captured UKIP supporters in its wake, as well as many Labour voters persuaded to blame not the capitalist class for their woes but the ‘outsider’. Such a reinvented, re-united Tory Party will then wish to repackage the inevitable recession resulting from Brexit as an opportunity for everyone to tighten their belts and heave-ho for the foreseeable future. {If Brexit is the answer, then the wrong question was asked by the wrong people}

… the entire referendum campaign has been riven with disinformation, untruths, if not downright lies (from Brexit) and obscurantism (from Remain). {If Brexit is the answer, then the wrong question was asked by the wrong people}

in Eastern Europe, the far-right governments will react by moving even more rightwards, while in southern Europe, in contrast, anti-austerity movements will find favour – particularly in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. Europe will be riven and the EU would either collapse or shrink back to an inner core. {If Brexit is the answer, then the wrong question was asked by the wrong people}

racism will be ever-present while the Tories wage war against the working class and Labour fail time and time again to offer real change (the Blairites are already poised to seize power by any means they can). Meanwhile, the dark underbelly of our society is revealed for all to see… {Post-Brexit: racist attacks go mainstream in disunited kingdom}

Cameron’s hugely miscalculated EU Referendum saw a knife-edge result that merely succeeded, as Laurie Penny eloquently put it, in widening the divisions in society. As such, the referendum could be described as an abject failure in democracy: seriously flawed and based on lies, it should have been declared invalid. {UK economy collapsing, but the pitchforks are already out as far right target scapegoats}

The “Leave” vote has troubling ramifications, notes Deutsche Bank analysts led by David Bianco. The referendum means that further shocks across the EU could be possible:

The U.K. referendum hasn’t brought any closure to the divisive issues underlying Europe’s spreading economic and social discontent. There is much to be contemplated here that goes well beyond our expertise, but we see this as a sign of Europe’s increasing fragility. We have long considered Europe a large and resilient part of the global economy, albeit not an engine of growth, but this outcome points to greater risks. Britain’s economy is among Europe’s strongest and yet half its electorate is so dissatisfied with the direction of E.U. policies and influence that it chose the risky exit vote. How E.U. leaders respond to this rebuke is critical if voter and investor confidence is to be restored.


John Pilger finds that

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. {Why the British Said No to Europe by John Pilger}

Nigel Farage in his usable tone uttered

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? … You as a political project are in denial… I’ll make one prediction this morning: the United Kingdom will not be the last member state to leave the European Union… I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives, or worked in business, or worked in trade, or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen… If you were to cut off your noses to spite your faces and reject any idea of a sensible trade deal the consequences would be far worse for you than it would be for us.

IanMiddletonX said in the comments box of this Independent article:

A man who has led and inspired a campaign that has, by his own admission, lied and connived to the British people to con them into voting for economic suicide, simply to assuage the xenophobia that almost totally informs his view on the world, lectures the EU about political lies and deception.

A Rambling Blogger who writes primarily about military and political history, with posts ranging from the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage to the American Civil War, to the World Wars, to the “War on Terror” and has been intrigued by history since he was a small boy wrote

Democracy, majority rule, self-determination. These are words that are cherished within the western, liberal democratic tradition. These are the principles that men fought and died for on the beaches at Normandy. It was for these principles that woman marched for suffrage and minorities protested for equal protection. It was to defend and extend those ideals that the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union were created. Those very same institutions are now seen as the constrainers rather than the protectors of western democracy.

The United Kingdom’s exit referendum was an act of political cowardice. Prime Minister (now resigned) David Cameron, in a close election campaign back in 2015, promised an in/out referendum on European Union membership. The purpose of such a promise? To placate the euroskeptics within his own party who might have defected to a right-wing party in the general election, thus handing parliament (and his job) to Labour. The result of that promise now? To break from the advice of the founder of Anglo-American conservatism, Edmund Burke,

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

David Cameron believed an exit from the European Union was a bad idea, however he sacrificed his judgment for the opinion of the far-right, and has thus betrayed the trust of large minorities throughout the United Kingdom. In doing so he has most likely administered the death-blow to a state that has always been artificial, Scotland will most likely vote for independence. As Scottish nationalism has risen up, Scotland has only suffered English domination because they were in Europe. Without that anchor they will choose European Union membership every single time. Northern Ireland will most likely be pushed towards union with the Republic of Ireland. There are plenty of Catholics in Northern Ireland who already want union, and with the carrot of readmission into the EU, even pro-British Ulster Irishmen may vote to be joined with Ireland. The European Union has problems, all of them too complicated to get into at this point, in this space, however, resorting to illiberal democracy was simply not the way to do this. As Margaret Thatcher said,

“referendums are the tools of dictators and demagogues.”

The “Brexit” referendum was not the United Kingdom declaring “independence,” it was the success of demagogory over the established political process. Something to think about on this side of the pond. {Brexit: Ugly Democracy}

Writer & Broadcaster Paul Mason wrote

Britain has voted to leave the EU. The reason? A large section of the working class, concentrated in towns and cities that have been quietly devastated by free-market economics, decided they’d had enough.

The issue that catalysed the vote for Brexit was the massive, unplanned migration from Europe that began after the accession of the A8 countries and then surged again after 2008 once the Eurozone stagnated while Britain enjoyed a limp recovery. {Brexit wins. An illusion dies.}

The UK should apply within days to remain in the EEA. Labour should support that.

We need to say to the young people who went on the streets to demand “London stays” in the EU: thats not possible, but with EEA and a government of progressive parties, led by Labour, we can mitigate most of the negative impacts.

The EEA option also mitigates the impact of Scottish independence. It means you don’t have a land border between England and Scotland, nor between the Republic and Northern Ireland. {Britain must apply for EEA status now}

Mike Walsh, Author of ‘Futuretainment’, keynote speaker and futurist,

Britain’s fateful decision to leave the EU has been cast as a bitter split between young and old. It’s an old tune: selfish baby boomers squatting on the future, at the expense of the millennials.

Look closely and you will see a new pattern of discontent. Angry demagogues on both sides of the pond, are being empowered not just by an ageing population, but by the rage of voters in regions blindsided by globalization.{Brexit and the rise of the city-state}

Citi analysts led by Tina Fordham noted that the Brexit vote represented an area of “lasting uncertainty,” since leaving the EU will be a two-year process for the U.K.:

The Brexit vote creates: i) lasting uncertainty about the future relationship of the U.K. with the E.U., ii) a trade-off for the Bank of England between stabilizing growth and dealing with the probable surge in inflation, and iii) a trade-off for the U.K. Treasury between stabilizing growth and the protection of its sovereign credit rating at a time of large current account and fiscal deficits. At the E.U. level, it will likely freeze E.U. integration and increase the risk of copycat referendums, among other political risks.

Günter Verheugen, a former EU commissioner from Germany

“We must ask the question of whether so many decisions need to be taken in Brussels. It’s simply too much. I don’t think this is what the people of Europe want.”

Elmar Brok, a German who has been a member of the European Parliament since 1980

“There’s this anti-elite thing, populist movements, facts do not count. You have to do what is needed; do not be afraid of the populists. You have to prove that their accusations are wrong.”

French President François Hollande

“A jolt is necessary, the EU must be understood and controlled by its citizens. I will do everything to secure profound change rather than decline.”

Hollande told reporters in Brussels at the end of European Council summit

“To question the Le Touquet accord because Britain is going to leave the EU has no sense.”

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi despite the leaders’ sadness about Britain’s decision, it was

“also a convenient time to work on a new chapter for Europe.”

Yiannis Βaboulias

the EU is in fact committed to the “ever closer union” mantra in ways that might make the whole political spectrum in the UK uncomfortable. The expulsion of Greece and possibly other countries down the line (if that door opens it won’t close just like that), will definitely mean that the EU is looking to create a closely-knit centre, run by a small constellation of countries around Germany. {The Grexit-Brexit connection.}

The post-Merkel era will almost certainly be chaotic, with the far-right gaining across the EU and more centrist governments taking the usual road of pandering to extremist sentiment in order to avert oblivion. With this in mind, it’s hard to see how the argument that the EU stands for unity and common purpose might survive.

Europe has failed to show a united face in multiple occasions (with the UK sharing some of the blame). As a response, with shambolic solutions to the financial and refugee crisis making Brussels look at the very least weak and slow, people are turning to far-right snake-oil peddlers promising sovereignty-strong politics with Putin and Erdogan as role models.

A democratically minded people will be right to feel aversion to the structure responsible for this turn of events. {The Grexit-Brexit connection.}

A team of Credit Suisse analysts led by Andrew Garthwaite say they are expecting a recession:

Our economists now forecast a recession in the UK, and a contraction in GDP of 1% in 2017. We would highlight that UK growth has already slowed sharply relative to global growth, with vacancy growth and the service sector PMI both consistent with a contraction in GDP.

And the analysts say a “lite” version of Brexit is possible:

We think that there is a 30% chance of ‘Brexit lite’ whereby Article 50 is not invoked and the E.U. compromises on the critical issues of immigration and supremacy of the European Court of Justice. We believe that the EU might well compromise over immigration because it is a pan-European issue that is sucking support away from the establishment parties in virtually all E.U. countries.

A team of Goldman Sachs analysts led by Jan Hatzius noted that the damage wouldn’t be confined to U.K. and E.U.:

Increased uncertainty and deteriorating terms of trade are likely to subtract a cumulative 2.75% from UK GDP, and we now expect the economy to enter a mild recession by early 2017. We estimate the cumulative hit to Euro area GDP at 0.5% and have cut our growth forecast over the next two years to 1.24%. We have also slightly shaved our second half of 2016 forecast for US growth to 2%.

The report by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, authored by Thilo Janssen, a research fellow in the European Parliament, released in February 2016, warned that

“far-right parties and movements are on the offensive in many countries worldwide in the wake of the global financial crisis.”

Thilo Janssen observes

“Right-wing populist parties in the EU are persistently on the rise, which in some Member States has taken them to the brink of obtaining a majority in parliamentary elections.”

and points out that their numerical strength in the EU Parliament is

“chiefly due to successes in the economically strong Member States in the north and west of the EU”

—namely, the UK, France, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland and Belgium. {Support within Europe for far right extremism has echoes of a turbulent past}

A peer-reviewed study published in early April in the Routledge journal Israel Affairs finds that anti-Muslim hatred is increasingly being used by far-right extremists as a proxy for longstanding racist and anti-Semitic ideologies.[Amikam Nachmani, ‘The past as a yardstick: Europeans, Muslim migrants and the onus of European-Jewish histories’, Israel Affairs (Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2016)]

The paper, authored by Professor Amikam Nachmani — chair of the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University — highlights semantic parallels in the way Jews and Muslims have been targeted by historic and contemporary fascists:

“Like today’s Muslim immigrants who are described as preferring ghettoization and parallel societies, Jews were said to emphasise their separate existence, exclusiveness and rejection of universalism since Biblical times… Nazi-style rhetoric employed against the Jews is now targeted against Muslims.”

Whereas the Nazis cited the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Hitler’s Mein Kampf to ‘prove’ that all Jews are agents of an international conspiracy to control the world, today selective cherry-picking of Islamic texts is used to claim that Islam commands “every Muslim to fight an uncompromising holy war against non-Muslims.”

Muslims in the West are “perceived as the spearhead of the campaign to Islamise Europe,” explains Nachmani, while Muslim population growth is presented as a covert strategy to conquer Europe:

“Since the mass migration of the presently 30-40 million unemployed or refugee Arabs will be heading to Western Europe, Armageddon will be fought out on European soil.” {Support within Europe for far right extremism has echoes of a turbulent past}

B.M.Brindle with A Kingdom far from United remarks

Following the result of the referendum the country is already divided; the young and the old, the working and the middle classes, bustling cities and the tranquillity of the countryside, whole communities torn in two, yet even this is nothing compared to the storm that Brexit would cause in the form of the possible break-up of the United Kingdom.

Regardless, if both Northern Ireland and Scotland, or just Scotland, opt to leave the UK, it would almost certainly spell more disaster for the UK. {Article 50, a fantasy?}

Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, made the following statement:

“I think it is right that in a general election we say to the British people that if you want to get out of the increasing economic mess that we find ourselves in, where we have lost control, [where] we are at the mercy of markets, people’s jobs are going, people’s livelihoods are being destroyed and we are not taking back control … And the fact that the key tenets of the leave campaign are now proved to be lies … it would prove legitimate for the Liberal Democrats to go into the next election and say we offer you a chance to reconsider.” {Article 50, a fantasy?}

Simon Phillips a British citizen living in Japan

Since the announcement of the results the whole of the United Kingdom has evolved into some type of Social Media Civil War and anyone who voted leave is now labelled as a racist, bigot, or out of touch old aged pensioner. A nasty retaliation of name calling that was first believed the leave campaigners where doing towards the remainers.

Now the country should stop all the name calling and hatred towards each other and just come together to try work out the best plan forward. It’s going to be very difficult but I believe the British have the power to grow as one. {Brexit; My Review on the Result}

Let us also remember what Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto said at the June summit in Ottawa, Canada

“Isolationism is not a route towards progress; integration is.”


Preceding articles

Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism

Brexit clashes and reasons to consider to bring out the right vote

Backing the wrong horse

Brexit, Nexit, Vlexit and Frexit

Foreign workers and immigrants

Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

Pew survey shows a split in EU favorability

Brexit and British business


Additional reading

  1. From bakers to bankers, everyday Europeans beholden to Brussels now biggest obstacle to EU’s future
  2. Here’s All the Awful Things Wall Street Says Are Going to Happen Because of Brexit
  3. Cameron decries ‘despicable racism’ and Palin dumps New World Order: Eight things to know about Brexit so far
  4. A Kingdom far from United My take on the fallout from brexit: The 48.1% are the majority
  5. Nigel Farage: “I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives”
  6. Hollande says Brexit won’t change Channel migrant deal

  7. Nigel Farage: You’re not laughing now, are you! (Full version)


Further reading

  1. Britain, Europe, and the real crisis
  2. Should it have been called ‘Brexit’?
  3. Brexit Result – Friday 24th June 2016
  4. Brexit. Some things are for certain.
  5. BRExit, What is next?
  6. Brexit Aftermath – Here’s What Will Happen Next
  7. Parallels between Brexit and Trump
  8. It could have happened in a book
  9. A Reply to a European Friend from a Brexiteer
  10. Mark Collins – No “End of History”, “Collapse of the Liberal World Order” Section
  11. Brexit is a ‘heartbreaking wake-up call’ – and other meaningless political clichés used this week
  12. Bregrets, I’ve Had A Few
  13. Remain Alliance
  14. David Brooks: Revolt of the masses
  15. EU Leaders Push Britain to Leave Amid Post-Brexit Vote Turmoil
  16. homage to farage
  17. If you don’t like the result, assassinate him
  18. Brexit: Why Cameron’s campaign lost
  19. Time for Brexit-Based Creative Action!
  20. Brexit, Grexit And Euro Drama To Sort Through
  21. Brexit: Remember “Up Yours Delors”
  22. Lectures: “Brexit: The Fall of Europe & The Rise of Israel?” – Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel
  23. Cities will need to lead the way post-Brexit
  24. Is this the end of the Labour Party?
  25. Res incipit: The coup against Corbyn
  26. Corbyn Must Stay
  27. I Stand with Corbyn
  28. Standing Alone
  29. Scotland expected to vote for independence and introduce its own currency after Brexit, JPMorgan says
  30. Watch: Simon Pegg just compared Boris Johnson to a Star Trek villain
  31. Sky Fall
  32. Impact of Brexit on US Retirees
  33. Richard Wolff: Class Warfare: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity
  34. Did the UK’s newspapers swing it for Brexit? – Jonathan Heawood
  35. Making Lemonade from the Brexit Lemon (part 2)
  36. Now it really IS time for a ‘New Kind of Politics’
  37. 11 Countries Gearing Up to Strike Trade Deals With Britain
  38. Et tu, Britain?
  39. ‘A frenzy of hatred’: how to understand Brexit racism | Politics | The Guardian
  40. A Chilling Coincidence
  41. The Political Paradox of our Times: The Right Loves..The Left Hates!
  42. The Threat to UK Democracy
  43. Goodbye to all that.
  44. Britain Can’t Stand On Its Own Two Legs, by Raúl Ilargi Meijer
  45. EU Referendum
  46. Brexit – Where does it go from here
  47. Nigel Farage: Bringing Shit All Back Home
  48. The Middle-Classes Hold the Key to Scottish Independence
  49. Brexit: The Stalling-and-Maneuvering Begins
  50. Brexit, the ultimate money printing scapegoat, is already being capitalized on
  51. Brexit Victory over the EU Globalists
  52. Ignored by the authorities, emboldened by Brexit, Europe’s far right is surging
  53. Britain’s Left is boiling up at the treatment of Jeremy Corbyn and I am very excited – Socialist Voice
  54. integrate
  55. A letter to the whole Labour Party
  56. An Open Letter to Nick Clegg M.P.
  57. Why did Britain choose Brexit Part2: the tragedy of fallen aristocracy and a multi-faceted truth
  58. A Very British Identity Crisis
  59. 13 Brexit questions we should all be asking.
  60. Do nothing ex-PM tells Corbyn to stand down
  61. What a difference 15 days makes
  62. Brexit – Hitler Reacts
  63. IBMC #7 : The chaos caused by Brexit; Now, who’s gonna ‘Fix-it’?
  64. Firing the Elites, by Dmitry Orlov
  65. Brexit isn’t the most serious threat to the EU — the euro is
  66. The Impact Of Brexit on Property and Community in The Alps.
  67. Brookings experts discuss the global implications of Brexit
  68. Brexit: British Chancellor George Osborne warns of tax hikes, spending cuts after Leave vote – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  69. Brexit Stock Market Losers And Winners: The Pain Points And ‘Game Of Thrones Season 7’
  70. FTSE fights back after Brexit fall
  71. World’s 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion on Brexit
  72. UOB suspends London property loans after Brexit
  73. Bill Gates, Zuckerberg Lose $3.4 Billion To Brexit
  74. Andrew Coyne: Brexit no model for Quexit
  75. Brexit: un fantasma recorre Europa.

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