What’s next for Brexit?

I don’t know how many of us in the U.S. are keeping up with the latest news on Brexit; it is a complicated situation and not so easy for many Americans to follow (including myself). But I’ll offer a few links here to give some idea of recent developments.

Hearing discussion of a possible second referendum, according to some sources, it’s hard to know what to believe. I don’t like the idea of a second referendum; it’s obviously a stall tactic, playing for time on the part of May et al, and the ‘remain’ faction apparently hope that if they keep delaying the implementation of the break from the EU, they will get more ‘remain’ votes.

Boris Johnson, in recent remarks, denounces the efforts to get a second vote, and advocates for a ‘clean break’ from the EU.

‘ “If that is true, and if people in Downing Street have really been discussing a second referendum – whether seriously or just in the hope of scaring MPs to vote for this lamentable deal – then all I can say is that they must be out of their minds,” Mr Johnson wrote in The Telegraph.’

In this article, James Delingpole says the Brexit betrayal is worse than it seems.

It appears that just as in the U.S., at least amongst the ‘aware’ or realist segment of the populace, pessimism tends to prevail. I suspect that in the UK as here, a great many people are in denial about the seriousness of the situation, or are simply tuned out, not paying attention — too distracted by the usual diversions.

I won’t presume to try to say what political choices (if any) would help the people of Britain to salvage their country; some are apparently advocating UKIP as the party of choice, though I’ve always had the impression that UKIP are, at best, civic nationalist, which is not what is ultimately needed.

There is also the For Britain party, which is described by the usual suspects as ‘far right’, but isn’t any rightist populist party inevitably called ‘far right’?

‘For Britain’ was founded by some former UKIP members, and its principles as stated are principles with which most on the right could probably agree. My only reservation is that it seems, too, to be civic nationalist. The usual justification for populists/nationalists to support such parties is that a real nationalist party could not gain enough support; baby steps are need, and ‘civic’ is the best that can be hoped for. But when and how is this ever to change, if today is never the time for it?

And time, it seems, is slipping away.

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