"Learning to live and living to learn"
I do not think people will ever fully grasp, or at least admit, the collective stupidity that led to that outcome of the Brexit referendum. I mean, at a fundamental level, if we accept, as indeed we must, that in the networked world, we are ever more interconnected and interdependent, it seems obvious that a strategy of disengagement is rather unwise.
Whenever I put this argument to those who voted to leave the European project, the rebuttal takes the form of a strong refutation and denial. “Britain is not disengaging”, they say with fervor. But this is not an argument. For instance, if I say to you that the earth is a globe, show you evidence of the fact with pictures from the International Space Station, and you toss the photographs aside and declare that the world is flat, and walk away, this does nothing to change the reality of the situation.
My friends who are still willing to admit that they voted to leave the European project, and I sense a growing reluctance to do so; despite the clear evidence of folly with respect to limits on our freedom, increasing costs to business and our restricted access to the global talent pool, are simply unwilling to accept they made their decision based on false information. Indeed, the growing refrain from Breiteers which resonates across the WebSphere seems to be, “this is not the Brexit we voted for”. In the popular press, the Daily Express, the rabid mouthpiece of “Perfidious Albion”, deplores the fact that UK nationals living around the EU are being treated as third country citizens. But, hello! This is what you campaigned for. Don’t you remember the chorus, “Brexit means Brexit?” You wanted it; now you have it.
It seems that the conclusions we must draw is that those who voted to leave the European Union got what they wanted but, unfortunately, they did not get it in the way they wanted it. But sad fact is that now, we all must live with the consequences.
So, I would like to thank those people who voted to leave the EU for the travel restrictions, the increased costs to business and to the cost of living in general. Thanks too for the destruction to the peace process in Northern Ireland and the reputation of the country in international relations.
I hope you are happy!