Boris is in New York at present, co-incidentally the city of his birth, to speak at the UN about all things Brexity (this will be pretty much the sole job of Foriegn Secretaries from now until the middle of the century at least). He warned people not to equate Brexit with a desire for isolationism.
“I would draw a very, very strong contrast between Brexit and any kind of isolationism,” the man with the new grownup haircut declared. “Brexit means us being more outward looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic on the world stage than ever before.”
Boris probably does believe this. In fact many more sincere Brexit campaigners than BoJo are actually very internationalist in nature, and their desire to leave the European Union has always been centred on this idea (Dan Hannan is a perfect example). But the reason Vote Leave won on June 23rd was because of isolationism, pure and simple. It was immigration wot swung it and everyone knows it.
This is the problem the Brexiteers now face: they won under a false pretence, scared that their actual reasons for why we should leave the EU wouldn’t have won over fifty percent of the voters. And they’re right, it wouldn’t have.
It is worth reminding ourselves in the shadow of Boris Johnson’s words about isolationism just how far Vote Leave, the campaign Boris headed, reached into the xenophobic barrel to win. The 70 million Turks for example, a mini-campaign launched with arrows headed out of Turkey and headed towards Britian, eerily reminiscent of old Nazi lebensraum propaganda.
So Boris can say that Brexit means whatever he likes – but the line about isolationism already sounds tired and he’s only just said it.
The EU is a council governing a trade deal that became a German take over bid
Europe is a continent
The Uk is and always will be European
The Remainers would have had the same problem of course, of having won on a false prospectus because their actual aim is anathema to most voters, only in slower motion: much less than 50% of the population actually want to be part of a European super-state (as Remainers do), and would only have been voting ‘Remain’ because they were scared of the economic consequences of leaving.
The Remainers, then, would have faced the problem next time a treaty tries to move farther along the integrationalist route, and the 2011 Act triggered another referendum because of the transfer of sovereignty: a referendum that would certainly have been lost, by a massive margin, as it would have been a chance to tell the EU where to stick it without the threat of actually leaving.
Anthony Dunn says
There is precisely NOTHING whatsoever in your straw man about Bremainers wanting to be part of a European super-state. No-one but no-one on the pro-Remain side EVER touted any such possibility and it is interesting now to see, hear and read that many on the continent are also rowing back from what may have been a cherished dream of Jean Monnet’s generation.
Steve Peers says
The UK has many opt outs from further EU integration. The ‘super state’ scaremongering is a boring Leave lie.
Tyrone Shortt says
Boris Johnson’s wife has been targeted by anti-Brexit campaigners who have falsely claimed that she was the QC caught having sex in the street outside a London station. The vicious slur wrongly claims that Marina Wheeler was the senior lawyer alleged to have been caught in a broad-daylight sexual act during the evening rush hour outside Waterloo station in August last year.