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    Senior Member CroMagnon's Avatar
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    It is really a shame this forum isn't still active as there were many UK members that I'm sure would have some interesting points of view on yesterdays vote.

    Perhaps this posting will draw some of them to the flame.

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    Senior Member CroMagnon's Avatar
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    An Irish friend of mine describes the situation thusly.

    "So Britain thinks it will get access to free trade area without being a member and having to subscribe to the EU principle of free movement of goods and services.

    In terms that American's will understand, they want a divorce but they still want to have sex with their wife without paying for the mortgage or having to endure family gatherings with the in-laws.

    Never gonna happen. If Britain gets special treatment, everyone else will want the same and the EU will collapse. Classic misrepresentation by the Leave campaign. What a mess."

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    So much has happened in the last week... my reaction to daily events is pretty much 'what the actual f*ck?'

    Is there any area in particular that interests you?

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    My favorite comment in my feed is this guys:

    So, let me get this straight... the leader of the opposition campaigned to stay but secretly wanted to leave, so his party held a non-binding vote to shame him into resigning so someone else could lead the campaign to ignore the result of the non-binding referendum which many people now think was just angry people trying to shame politicians into seeing they'd all done nothing to help them.

    Meanwhile, the man who campaigned to leave because he hoped losing would help him win the leadership of his party, accidentally won and ruined any chance of leading because the man who thought he couldn't lose, did - but resigned before actually doing the thing the vote had been about. The man who'd always thought he'd lead next, campaigned so badly that everyone thought he was lying when he said the economy would crash - and he was, but it did, but he's not resigned, but, like the man who lost and the man who won, also now can't become leader. Which means the woman who quietly campaigned to stay but always said she wanted to leave is likely to become leader instead.

    Which means she holds the same view as the leader of the opposition but for opposite reasons, but her party's view of this view is the opposite of the opposition's. And the opposition aren't yet opposing anything because the leader isn't listening to his party, who aren't listening to the country, who aren't listening to experts or possibly paying that much attention at all. However, none of their opponents actually want to be the one to do the thing that the vote was about, so there's not yet anything actually on the table to oppose anyway. And if no one ever does do the thing that most people asked them to do, it will be undemocratic and if any one ever does do it, it will be awful.

    It took me nearly an hour to work out who was who in all the cases.

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    Senior Member CroMagnon's Avatar
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    That's brilliant. I can follow most of it, but the opposition opposing the opposite gets a little confused. I have no idea if Brexit will work out for Britain's economy in the long run, but I find the anti immigrant and fear mongering, that we also see in our state side politics, depressing.

    Political discourse has devolved to finding a scapegoat and then making shit up about said goats at such a rate it can't all be debunked. And of course once someone blogs it on the net it becomes fact. You have yours and I have mine. Personally I'll stick to bbq.

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    I can't even entirely work out what exactly is actually going to change. If May wins, it isn't impossible that the thing drags out and they have another election. Leadsome might well have the whole thing sorted in a week.

    The pound is damn near 1:1 with the dollar. I might need to go eat in London soon if this continues.

    I'm also fascinated by how this will play out in Scotland and Northern Ireland. If they don't quickly work out a free trade deal, it could be a massive disaster in Ireland. I assume that Scotland will finally vote to bail.
    Last edited by nsidestrate; 07-07-2016 at 08:16 PM.

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