THE LAST DITCH An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about liberty in Britain
Brexit Isn't About Leaving Today's European Union: It's About Not Joining Tomorrow's - Forbes
Thank you, Nigel Farage

Can we change the subject yet?

Once again, leaving the UK does not get me away from the topic of Brexit. My Continental friends on Facebook are still burbling away about how (a) we're doomed without them because our economy will wither and die if not tied to their withering, dying economies and (b) they're doomed because we have given stupid ideas to their proles who must at all costs be ignored for fear of the return of fascism. Which is it guys? A big happy European family that we are being rude by leaving, or a seething mob of would-be fascists that we must help repress?

My Russian friends are asking questions too. They expressed mild amusement at the way President Putin was used by Remain as a bogeyman in the referendum campaign. Unfortunately that also reinforced their long-held and utterly-misguided view that the West lives its entire life in negative relationship to Russia. They imagine we think of them like SNP voters think of England; vicious, calculating hostiles who are the cause of every problem in our lives. I spent six years here trying to convince them that we were happy that Russia had rejoined the free world and wished it well. David Cameron blew that, along with everything else in his political career.

We had some discussion over drinks as to whether Brexit opened opportunities to ease economic sanctions which are hurting them almost as much as they are hurting us. The U.K. is correctly perceived to have been a sanctions hawk within both the EU and NATO. With us already out of the EU equation when it comes to forming policy, I suppose it's possible things may ease up. On the other hand, the sanctions that hurt the Russian elite the most are those applied through the City of London and Wall Street.

Perhaps it may help Russia to have a new party to talk to. However I have encountered no celebrations of the kind Cameron so dishonestly predicted.


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barnacle bill

OOps just noticed "... younger generation in the UK had voted out but ..." should read "... younger generation in the UK had In out but ..."

barnacle bill

Amazingly I overheard two young American YouTubers on a gaming channel discussing "Brexit" last night between themselves.
For a couple of nineteen year olds (they gave their ages away as they both admitted they had not registered to vote yet) they were quite mature in their responses. Admitting they did not really know enough about why we had voted "Out" to really form an opinion. Yet they respected our decision and didn't see it as the end of Europe.
Interestingly one of them was saying he wasn't going to register as he felt his vote wouldn't count. Whilst the other urged him too saying that the younger generation in the UK had voted out but obviously not enough of them!

James Higham

My Russian friends were most interested in it too. Let's face it - the whole world was.

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