The inability of British Prime Minister Theresa May to implement Brexit by securing a favorable exit strategy from Europe on terms and conditions necessary to garner the support of members of Parliament, has led to a chorus of criticism from anti-Brexiteers, who have used the paralysis in May’s government, as an auspicious occasion to argue for the necessity of taking another referendum.
The explanation offered by British elites for their ignominious rejection, is that the voters were either ignorant, or easily duped into believing the exit from Europe would be problem-free. Thus the expression of the preferences of the British people for not being ruled by an unaccountable and whimsical supra-legislature in Brussels was due to either ignorance or misunderstanding and the voters need now to admit their mistakes and listen to their intellectual and moral superiors.
What is strangely absent from the calls for another referendum is the not insignificant fact that a vote on the matter has already been taken The problem? The result was not to their liking.
The views of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the matter are instructive. Blair feels another vote is warranted because the exit negotiations have been difficult,
“The real reason we should have another referendum is that we have had 30 months of negotiation and let’s be clear, we are in crisis mode on this,”
Thrilled with surrendering British sovereignty and embracing open borders and subjecting themselves to the whims and dictates from unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels
Blair further offers the specious reason that the difficulties encountered to date are a sufficient reason for taking another plebiscite,
“The government is in a mess. Parliament cannot agree. Our knowledge has been vastly enlarged of what leaving the European Union will mean,” he continued.
“If you look at all of this mess, how can it be undemocratic to say to the British people, ‘OK in light of all of
this, do you want to proceed or do you want to stay?'”
For Blair, losing Britain’s advantage as the financial hub of Europe is reason enough for a revote. “Why give ourselves this problem in a field of the global economy where we are globally preeminent?” Translation? The massive financial services sector based in London clearly has benefitted immensely from globalization and integration within the EU. Remaining in Europe has been extraordinarily lucrative for the London financiers — as such, the will of the British people be damned!
One anti-Brexiteer argued that the whole referendum was an infantile reaction some who cannot reconcile themselves with the fact that the sun has set on the British Empire. Yes, some commentator actually believed this was the reason for the referendum.
Does any of the caterwauling and arrogant lecturing by British anti-Brexit political elites to explain how they lost an election sound familiar?
Here is NBC’s Chuck Todd, resurrecting Democrats favorite meme that the only reason Hillary lost the 2016 presidential election, is because Trump voters were ignorant or too gullible,
“I knew the gaslighting was out there. I knew it was every day,” Todd
said. “But I think there was part of me in my head assumed people
were discerning it out, knew the BS from the non-BS. So, I think what my sort of shock to the system was just sort of how gullible a big chunk of the country was to this and gullible because maybe they want to be. “
In a nutshell, there is a remarkable confluence of opinion between British elites and their American anti-Trump counterparts in their attempts to explain how they were defeated at the ballot box. As far as UK elites are concerned, Britain’s Brexiteers are nothing more than Hillary’s deplorables with an English accent.