May 15

The Brexit Honeymoon Is Over – Huffington Post

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Is it possible to write anything on Brexit that hasn’t already been said?

Well, I’ll try. I’m nothing if not game when it comes to throwing my hat into the whirlpool of political opinion. Almost a year on from the referendum it strikes me that now is the time for a little housekeeping on that most polarising of issues.

Macron has triumphed in France and many of my political persuasion will agree that this is great occasion for progressive politics. The emergence of the alt-right, or ‘fascists’ as we used to call them, has been dealt a terrific blow by a country deciding when push came to shove that the national motto “liberty, equality, fraternity” still meant something.

A beatific smile crossed my face at the thought that not only was this a splendid day for France and Europe but that it made Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn awkward in equal measure.

There’s nothing Corbyn loathes more than a Blairite by proxy, and Monsieur Macron qualifies with his centrist, globalist views. It actually took Corbyn two tries to be congratulate the President-to-be on his success. His first, in typical mealy-mouthed Corbyn fashion, congratulated the French on the fact that they chose to reject fascism…actually ignoring the actual candidate who actually won.

Theresa May was among the first to offer her congratulations, but one can wholeheartedly imagine her gazing pensively into the fire on that most chilly of evenings in the knowledge that Macron swore to be tough on Britain in Brexit negotiations to protect the interests of the remaining members of the European Union.

So Monsieur Macron’s arrival has shaken things up, to say the least. And I’m glad. I’m afraid I’m one of those appalling lefties decried by the right-wing press as being positively gleeful that Brussels is cracking down on us for throwing our toys out of our big, ugly, nationalist pram.

Because, to me, Brexit was only ever about jingoism, fear and insular vision, which is why it made me laugh that Remain was labelled “Project Fear” by the right-wing press. For surely that title should have gone to the Brexit campaigners that warned we’d never be able to reclaim rule of Britannia. Now they have that, so they should be happy, right?

Actually, no.

A new survey suggests that over half of UK residents are MORE fearful for the UK’s future since the Brexit referendum.

The poll of nearly 700 people by consumer website finds that the possibility of significant job losses and spiralling costs that could result from leaving the EU — something that…Read the full article here.



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