Negotiations were going really well.

Back in the days before the referendum, we were told Brexit meant, we were going to have piles of gold available for the NHS – nobody mentioned we were actually going to have to pay to leave. No one mentioned that US imported, chlorinated chicken could well be the norm in our Brexit utopia. The word was that by leaving the EU, somehow housing would be cheaper, larger and more readily available, (still trying to work that out…) –

Hands up who voted for Brexit and now deeply regrets it:

become informed read something good… Bagehot v Brexit

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7 thoughts on “Politics: Brexit update

  1. Susan

    People were not given full information on Brexit and voted in good faith for all the reasons you list. Sadly, the press did nothing to ensure full disclosure. Investigative journalism is a thing of the past. Truly, a sad state of affairs.

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  2. dottoressa

    I agree, investigative independent journalism is mostly a thing of the past.
    As I’m really not a part of it (except from the EU side :-)),so I could not write about Brexit from “your” side, I will just describe some of generalized facts,where some of elements could be applied in a lot of countries. Do people read the newspapers at all or are they watching tv only? Do journalists just transfer politicians statements or do they question and analyzed them? Does a person analyzes what a real aim could be? Do we have the capacity to analyze what could be behind it?
    Or,do we hear only what we like to hear and are we like football fans?
    Dottoressa

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    1. lady sarah in london Post author

      well said my dear… everyone has the vote, but not everyone has the same grasp of the implication of their vote.

      Many older people are simply nostalgic of a Britain that never was, and many second generation immigrants voted for Brexit out of fear of more immigrants coming here…

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  3. DN in NYC

    Perhaps I am giving too much credit to what could be conspiracy theories, but there are many indications that the Russians weaponized social media last year (one article here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamesball/a-suspected-network-of-13000-twitter-bots-pumped-out-pro?utm_term=.gwmO1NLXW#.fq8Z1jkaY and the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr has been writing interesting pieces on the topic). These bots speed up the pace of the news, and there’s no time for falsehoods to be debunked. I see this now in the US–lies get thrown around and the truth is discounted, so many people don’t knows what to believe and just give up. And everyone seems to be at each other’s throats. It’s hard to know how to return to sanity.

    I hope the negotiations go well.

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  4. Sue

    If nothing else, the events of the recent past have left me tip-toeing away from discussions with people I thought I knew. I don’t know: the further away from London you go, the odder people’s views seem to get.

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    1. lady sarah in london Post author

      I have also noticed that- the further away from London we get the stronger the Brexit sentiment. Also some ‘ethnic minorities’ or ‘groups’ who live in the UK are vehemently pro Brexit and anti immigration – which is bizarre, because they demand tolerance and rights for themselves but they won’t extend the same courtesy to other groups. Not sure what that says about us.

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