Fantasies of Dunkirk spirit couldn’t survive a no-deal Brexit | Polly Toynbee

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Nostalgia for British ‘pluck’ leads some to positively relish crashing out of the EU. The reality would be a rude awakening

There’s a frisson of excitement in the air among Brexiters. The coming crisis brings an eve-of-battle thrill to those who invented all this pointlessness. They relish a cataclysm to blame on the “enemy” across the Channel. “There is hope,” says Jacob Rees-Mogg. “Tick tock goes the clock, and as it ticks down we get closer to leaving. And when we leave, we have taken back control, we are in charge!” Geronimo!

No-deal Brexit will feel about as “in control” as a blindfold skiing novice pushed off-piste from a black run. But it certainly won’t be dull. We have lived 74 years of boring peace on our shores, so the Brexiters savour a faux-war to test our mettle. If you enjoy those olden-days TV shows, Back in Time for School/Dinner, no deal will let us play it at home. Can we still survive hard times? How’s your kitchen cupboard? How’s your nerve? How’s your business and your job? Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, it’s time to test our national fibre.

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