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Frank Schnittger:
So, for all practical purposes, the UK is already outside of the EU.
Well, as I mentioned in my diary, since the UK is still a EU member, they still have to send £350m each week to Brussels (OK, minus some EU funding received in return), implement all "bendy bananas" directives from the reviled Eurocrats, and keep allowing free flow of migrating Poles (or French, or Portuguese or...), all things that are routinely denounced in the tabloid press.

Not to mention that "uncertainty is bad for business".

The Brexiters now seem stunned by their unexpected success, but how long will it take for them to turn really, really nasty when they realize that the Tories/UKIP (whomever succeeds Dave, Boris and Nigel) haven't even started to plan to extricate Britain from the EU's evil clutches?

Muddling through can only be a temporary stopgap. Something's got to give eventually, but what?

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 4th, 2016 at 06:42:06 PM EST
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the biggest problem seems to be that the expressed wishes of people who voted leave revolve around the sort of social spending solutions that are impossilbe with conservative neo-liberalism.

This is going to result in a lot of really disappointed people

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 4th, 2016 at 07:57:46 PM EST
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It seems to me that, in such a situation, saying, in effect, "the voters have spoken and there is nothing we can do" is to empower every rich rouge and demagogue in the polity. Surrendering to manufactured lies that deliberately misled voters is a choice, not a necessity. But a majority may well prefer that choice to the choice of trying to explain properly what happened and what are the real alternatives.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jul 4th, 2016 at 08:14:47 PM EST
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