What is our future under Brexit?

The most significant news item of 2017 was the same one that broke in 2016, and which continues to dominate the headlines to this day. I’m talking about Brexit.

Has there ever been a more divisive subject? It splits the country right down the middle, but not along the usual partisan lines. It divides left from left and right from right.

Personally, I voted to leave, as some of you may remember. I didn’t vote this way because I hate foreigners, or because I prefer a blue passport to a burgundy one. I voted to leave because the EU is itself a reactionary organisation, committed to austerity and the neoliberal agenda.

It destroyed the Greek economy in order to prop up European banks. If that doesn’t make you question its priorities, then nothing will.

That’s what is so strange about the whole Brexit debate. Most of the issues are never talked about. Instead we have a form of megaphone politics, in which different factions of the Conservative Party shout slogans at each other over the airwaves, while the rest of us are excluded.

If anything shows the failure of our media in the 21st Century, it is Brexit.

It has also made for some peculiar bed fellows. So we have Michael Heseltine suggesting that it would be better to have Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street than to continue with Brexit, while Tony Blair is saying the opposite: that stopping Brexit is more important than electing Labour.

Of course, now that we have finished phase one of the negotiations, everyone can see just how traumatic the process is going to be. Britain will certainly be a poorer country for a while than it was before.

This was inevitable really. The EU can’t afford to make our exit easy as this might start an avalanche of other countries wanting to leave.

The question now is, what kind of future do we see for ourselves?

Is it the deregulated, off-shore tax haven for the super rich that the current Tory government are attempting to create, or a Britain of worker’s rights and public services of the kind that Jeremy Corbyn would prefer?

I suspect that decision might come sooner than you think.


From The Canterbury Gazette 04/01/18

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One comment

  1. I’m guessing a tax haven is the wrong answer? Seriously though, while I continue to despise the neo-liberal free market of the EU, I’m still not sure that opting out of a democracy is the right thing to do. As the discussions progress I can see us ending up with a Norway EEA deal thus getting all the disbenefits of the EU while not being part of the decision making and democratic process. I’m am almost starting to think that a hard brexit would be better than the soft one.

    Whatever happens, if we end up with a Labour government in 2022 I urge Labour MPs to address the appalling democratic deficit that this country has.


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