On Brexit

As any other Londoner, you probably don’t remember how a day without Brexit feels like.

Months prior to the ‘infamous’ vote in 2016, most people I know did not take the referendum seriously. Friends and colleagues living in a modern and multicultural London, citizens of the world, well travelled, well read, well paid, from wherever land including England and with a good grasp of current affairs which perhaps did not include the north of England, could not see a referendum where a majority voted LEAVE.

Otherness, sovereignty, Boris, the Empire, etc. I am not going to write about what led Britain into Brexit as it is all well documented – you can find some links including HBO’s TV film ‘Brexit’ at the end of this post.

Fast forward to 2019 and the prospect of a successful detachment from the European Union seems delusional by most. In fact, any outcome right now: Stay, Leave or an Extension for further negotiations seems like a bad deal.

Businesses have started contingency plans, international corporations with European Headquarters in the UK have announced or threatened to move to EU member countries in order to keep profiting from the world’s largest economic area (see Airbus, Sony and others). And prominent Brexiteers such as James Dyson announced that Dyson’s headquarters are now moving outside of the UK. The leave Elite appears to want Brexit for everyone else but themselves. It all seems logical.

There’s a more alarming part of this equation in this day and age of minuscule corporation tax. TALENT, also known as the taxpayers, they are taking the same direction and wisely follow suit. Skilled professionals are always on demand and they move where the best opportunities are in order to work in the best possible teams and under favourable conditions. This includes a cool, stable and welcoming environment. Not exactly what the ‘Strong and Stable’ political campaign from the Tories promised.

So, even if we are not at dystopian levels yet and Charlie Brooker is not running a government think tank,

  • What can we actually hope for in the coming months?
  • Are there any potential good scenarios?

Unlike distinguished figures on both sides of the debate, We don’t know.

LINKS

Videos:

  • Brexit (2019), Film – Link
  • How can Britain fix Brexit?, The Economist – Link
  • Brexit: Facts vs Fear, Stephen Fry – Link

Articles:

  • Brexit will Make UK Worse Off, Government Forecasts Warn, BBC – Link
  • Theresa May’s Empire of the Mind by Tom Whyman, The New York Times – Link
  • Brexit and Britain’s Delusions of Empire by Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post – Link
  • Brexit: A Disaster Decades in the Making by Gary Younge – Link
  • Wealthy Brexiteers like James Dyson are jumping ship. Why might that be? by Jonathan Freedland – Link