A Free Britain

They have the chance, at least, now. This vote was in their best traditions. May they make the most of it.

UPDATE: "Some who voted for Leave believe it may be possible to win further concessions from Brussels over freedom of movement. Nothing like that will happen immediately.
Europe's leaders will want to send a signal that there will be no further deal for the UK. Their keenest instincts will be to prevent contagion, to deter other countries from holding their own referendums."

“The dawn is breaking over an independent United Kingdom,” Farage declared. “This will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people. We have fought against the multinationals. We have fought against the big merchant banks. We have fought against the big parties.” Turning to the E.U., the object of his loathing, Farage went on, “I hope this victory brings down this failed project.”

Much of what Farage says can’t be trusted. On this occasion, though, the thrust of his remarks was accurate. In a vote that stunned the entire world, an obdurate British public rejected the advice of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the governor of the Bank of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Labour Party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, U.S. President Barack Obama, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and a long list of prominent economists and business leaders....

It is even possible that the U.K. could break up before the E.U. does. On Thursday, Scotland, which rejected the option of independence from the U.K., in 2014, voted firmly in favor of staying in the E.U.: the result was “Remain” earning sixty-two per cent of the vote and “Leave” getting thirty-eight per cent. Rather than acceding to the wishes of the English, who voted decisively in favor of “Leave,” it seems perfectly possible that the Scots will now (or soon) demand another independence referendum, and the result of this one could be different. “The people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union,” Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and the leader of the Scottish National Party, said as the Brexit results came in. She went on, “Scotland has spoken—and spoken decisively.”

"The status of Northern Ireland, which likewise voted to stay in Europe, has also been called into question. On Friday morning, Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party, which has representatives in the parliaments in both Belfast and Dublin, called for a referendum on a united Ireland. “English votes have overturned the democratic will of Northern Ireland,” the Party said in a statement. “This was a cross community vote in favour of remaining in the E.U. … This British Government has forfeited any mandate to represent the economic or political interests of people in Northern Ireland.”
If this vote were to bring about the independence of Scotland and the reunification of Ireland as well as the breakup of the European Union and the restoration of a sovereign England, I should think it heaven-sent.

UPDATE: "We are witnessing nothing less than the creeping break-up of Europe. It will go out with a whimper rather than a bang, and it was set in motion a decade ago by Labour politicians who saw the English working class as a superfluous force who had nowhere else electorally to go. They pushed and pushed and pushed them and today, finally, the great unwanted have pushed back. The salt of the earth were treated as the scum of the earth and, unsurprisingly, they wouldn't stand for it. The dark consequences will be felt for generations to come."

UPDATE:  A cartoon, below the fold because of one profane word given that many of you may be in offices.  Meanwhile, complaining that this speaks of a strain of anarchism rather than good English muddling through, the Economist says that proper Englishmen aren't in favor of any sort of "purism."  

For example, religion:  "The Church of England is more like agnosticism with tea."

They meant that as a compliment.


David Foster said...

I had been planning to post this music video to celebrate the hoped-for defeat of Barack Obama in 2012, but it works just as well for Brexit:


Grim said...

Wow, there's some early '80s nostalgia! I can't decide if the outfits or the haircuts or the dancing are more emblematic.

MikeD said...

If this vote were to bring about the independence of Scotland and the reunification of Ireland as well as the breakup of the European Union and the restoration of a sovereign England, I should think it heaven-sent.

My sentiment on the matter entirely. Anyone who wishes to remain in a transnational government that unilaterally declared that criticism of that government to be unprotected, and indeed punishable by law, is going to get exactly what they deserve.

E Hines said...

the advice of the [etc]

Seemed more like threats to me, especially in Obama's case.

I think Great Britain would be more better off without Scotland than Scotland would be without Great Britain at large. Scotland, with its debt and economic structure, needs to be part of something larger than itself in order to have access to that larger's funds to pay for its debt and economic structure.

Eric Hines

David Foster said...

Here is an example of the sort of hysteria that is being circulated today regarding Brexit:


The author chose not to mention another passage from Orwell, which I excerpted here:


Grim said...

Oh, my goodness.

"When George Orwell wrote his essay "England Your England" in 1941, Nazi bombers were flying overhead.... Orwell would recognize where we are now. We have come to another historic low in global trust."

Low like Nazi bombers flying overhead?

raven said...

"Low like Nazi bombers flying overhead"

Loewer. Mauser collectors will recognize the pun.

England did not have half it's population aligned with the ones who wanted to destroy it in 1940.