I’m becoming a bit more hopeful when it comes to brexit. More and more people are starting to question whether it will actually happen. I get the sense that, behind the scenes, the political class is waking up to reality and realising that, if brexit continues, it will be a car crash of epic proportions. Last night I watched a bbc documentary on it. As usual it had me shouting at the screen, especially when the lying criminal Farage appeared – how that xenophobic scumbag can be allowed to express his baseless, moronic views on tv rather than rotting in a jail cell where he belongs really pisses me off.
Yet at the end of the program I was left feeling quite optimistic. May did not get the huge tory majority she called the election for; her master plan backfired, so basically they’re more up shit creek than ever when it comes to negotiating with the EU. It is a slick, well-oiled diplomatic machine reluctant to give away any concessions, and here we are demanding all the perks with none of the disadvantages, with a considerably weakened hand. It’s looking more and more absurd. The tories are insisting brexit will go ahead, but I would not be at all surprised if, behind the scenes, they are desperately trying to find a way out of this mess.
As the economics of all this begin to bite, I think more and more people will start to agree. Socially the country is still divided between those who voted to remain and those who voted to leave. There seems to still be a lot of animosity between the two camps. I think that is at least partly because, as reality begins to dawn, as the suffering becomes more and more visible, those who voted leave will feel increasingly guilty. But they won’t want to admit culpability, or that they were fooled into voting for something so patently stupid, so that guilt will turn into anger. They will feel they are being blamed by remain voters, rightly or wrongly, and they won’t like it. I fear this will lead to a lot of social friction; we are already seeing the beginning of it.
I just hope it doesn’t last. Part of me wishes we could all just forget last year ever happened, but I know that is not possible. Whatever happens now, these tensions will continue, this mess will continue. The wheels really are starting to come off brexit, and it’s only a matter of time before it is reversed and the country starts to pretend it never happened. Yet as optimistic as I try to be, for the time being at least, it really is a sorry state we find ourselves in.