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I don't know if you read this piece by Fintan O'Toole in the Guardian, but it brings together a few themes that seem to me to underlie Brexit:

  1. Unresolved tensions within the UK as to its true place in the world post empire, post WWII, and post the economic decline after the war.

  2. The idea of the EU as a Nazi fourth Reich

  3. The need to have an enemy to fight, on the beaches or wherever, in order to keep the UK united.

  4. A preference not to be part of "Europe", but rather a world power in its own right, playing off the EU against the USA.

If so there is no deal with the EU which can be agreed. No deal is the ideal, forcing a separation, and the re-emergence of the UK as a world power in its own right. Any concern at the economic disruption caused by no deal in the meantime is for weaklings, for people unable or unwilling to make the sacrifices required for war or for greatness.

The whole point of Brexit is to break those ties and dependencies the UK currently has with the EU. Of Course the little people will suffer. But they can always be conscripted into the army and inculcated with the values of discipline. Ultimately, tey are but cannon fodder in the great battle to make Britain Great again.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 08:00:05 PM EST
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what can we say? You can fool most of the people most of the time, or at least you can, like Trump has discovered, get a certain proprtion of the population invested in supporting things that upset or anger the rest of us because they think that cutting off all our noses spites us more

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 08:12:48 PM EST
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Over thinking.

Why did the first Lisbon fail?

Foregone conclusion and protest vote.

Brexit is similar.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Dec 3rd, 2018 at 08:51:34 PM EST
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I'm surprised he doesn't mention Fawlty Towers.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 at 03:35:22 PM EST
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