‘The surest recipe for killing a lie is to multiply the witnesses to reality.” This commentary by the 18th-century statesman Charles James Fox is quoted by the veteran overseas correspondent – and someday impartial MP – Martin Bell in his memoir Battle and the Loss of life of Information.
Bell writes in regards to the distortion of stories – a follow made into an artwork type by Boris Johnson’s buddy Donald Trump. The citation is unquestionably pertinent to the way in which that the lies in regards to the wonders of Brexit are falling aside as the reality of what the Brexiters have wreaked unfolds in entrance of our eyes.
The ports face chaos; the customary clean functioning of provide chains is threatened (see the issues Honda is having in its Swindon factory); Tesco and others warn of Brexit-induced price rises; and enterprise funding stalls. Funding is the important thing to financial progress, however the manifest horrors of Brexit solid a darkish shadow. The UK is branded by the OECD as one of the worst-performing economies among advanced nations.
Why, even one of many billionaire financiers of the Brexit marketing campaign has apparently determined that it makes extra financial sense to find a brand new manufacturing unit within the EU – that’s, safely inside the single market, the departure from which is the consequence of the malign affect of him, Johnson, Michael Gove and their acolytes. (I refer to 1 Sir Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos, whose earlier expression of confidence in inserting a brand new plant for car manufacture within the UK has given approach to a preference for the Franco-German border and its “glorious entry to automotive expertise and goal markets”.)
Johnson’s plan to upstage the EU with a jolly-super commerce take care of Trumpland has been dealt a killer blow by the US election end result. President-elect Joe Biden has put him in his place over his silly plan to interrupt worldwide legislation over the Brexit preparations with Eire. However final week these shameless Brexiter cupboard ministers have been to be heard claiming it as a terrific breakthrough that their – and alas our – egregious prime minister had been compelled to retreat from his plan to defy worldwide agreements.
These are the exact same members of the worst cupboard in dwelling reminiscence who’ve the effrontery to assert that the supply of the Pfizer vaccine within the UK is in some way a triumph of Brexit. It is a vaccine developed by Turkish immigrants to Germany, and manufactured in Belgium – which, so far as I do know, remains to be a member of the EU so loathed by the Brexiters.
The lies are getting so outrageous that even a sometimes-timorous BBC felt it obligatory, the day after a In the present day programme interview with Cupboard Workplace minister Michael Gove final week, to broadcast corrections to a few of his solutions.
The EU? Sure, the very EU that among the main Brexiters hoped Brexit would encourage others to depart, and probably induce the breakup of the union itself. The powerful method of President Macron to the negotiations is clearly related to his considerations in regards to the electoral risk from the far-right Rassemblement Nationwide (previously the Entrance Nationwide), who’re anti-EU.
As a substitute, as our benighted “negotiators” have found, the absurdity of Brexit has, if something, strengthened the willpower of the 27 members of the EU to stay collectively.
The formation and evolution of the EU was, and stays, a terrific historic achievement. Sovereignty? Membership of the union gave this nation a share within the accrued sovereignty and bargaining energy of the EU in a world dominated geopolitically by the US and China.
Because the lies about the advantages of Brexit grow to be uncovered by the day, the Brexiters go on in regards to the supposed wonders of our new-found nationwide “sovereignty”. Nevertheless, they’re hard-pressed to level to the tangible advantages of a coverage which, based on the federal government’s personal calculations, goes to make the nation one hell of so much poorer.
Why, why, why is that this nonsense allowed to proceed? What is going to future historians make of it? All proper, there was a slender vote in an ill-informed referendum greater than 4 years in the past. However polls present that, because the nation turns into extra conscious of the way in which it was conned, respondents who now imagine Brexit was the improper determination exceed those that don’t by 10 percentage points.
Now, on the time of writing, it isn’t but clear whether or not the “deal or no deal” query has been resolved. Both manner, I believe former Labour chief Lord Kinnock is correct to induce the current chief, Keir Starmer, to change his mind about supporting any so-called deal negotiated by this authorities. Brexit is a monumental mistake – to coin a phrase, an oven-ready catastrophe. It’s this authorities’s catastrophe and, if I have been Starmer, an unashamed Remainer, I ought to keep away from dipping my fingers within the blood.