By Gilad Atzmon
Despite the Brexit referendum, Britain is not leaving the European Union in the foreseeable future. No one in Britain has expressed a desire to issue Article 50 and officially launch withdrawal from the EU. In addition to the complex questions regarding the legal effects of the referendum and the added complications posed by a possible Scottish secession, it has become clear that the people who led the leave campaign were astonished by their victory. They clearly do not know how to rid themselves of the spoils of their achievement. In fact, the Brexiters and pretty much everyone else in Britain are relieved by Cameron’s decision to buy Britain three months of calm. The assumption is that this will provide sufficient time for the entire nation to search google and find out what the term EU stands for.
It is apparent that the leading Tory Brexiters: Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson share the ambition to become the next British prime minister. However if you expect Gove or Fox to formulate a coherent EU exit strategy you are either optimistic or naive. These corrupted politicians who are among the most devoted servants of the foreign lobby CFI (Conservative Friends Of Israel), are oddly quiet about Brexit. They behave as if it never happened. It isn’t modesty that keeps them silent.
Unlike Gove and Fox, Boris Johnson the Tory politician who led the call to leave the EU, seems to have switched sides. The man is clearly baffled by his unwanted victory. “52-48 result was not entirely overwhelming," he told the BBC.
In a post referendum article in The Telegraph Johnson wrote, “I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be. There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment. EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU.” I can’t remember Corbyn or PM Cameron describing Britain’s relationship with Europe in such glowing terms.
If anyone is worried about any significant consequences ahead, Johnson provides complete reassurance. “British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down. …there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market. Britain is and always will be a great European power, offering top-table opinions and giving leadership on everything from foreign policy to defence to counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing – all the things we need to do together to make our world safer.”
So where is the change or what is left of the call to leave? “The only change – and it will not come in any great rush – is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation.”
Johnson is basically telling us that Brexit’s only consequence will be to resolve a few minor disputes with Brussels regarding immigration. “The Government will be able to take back democratic control of immigration policy, with a balanced and humane points-based system to suit the needs of business and industry.” It seems that it took only one day and Cameron’s resignation for Boris Johnson to transform into a remain enthusiast.
This is no surprise. The Brexit referendum was an ugly opportunistic political exercise. Its Tory advocates are amongst the most horrid neocons within the European political theatre. Still the results of the referendum are meaningful. If you leave out London, Scotland and Northern Ireland you find that the vast majority of Brits are expressing dissatisfaction. These Brits are tired of politicians controlled by party politics and global banking and they want to see a prospect of a real future. The people who voted against the EU voted against the type of global capitalism that sustains the political careers of Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Michale Gove, David Cameron and also Jeremy Corbyn and his treacherous Labour Party.
Britain is not leaving the EU anytime soon. No one within the British political arena can implement such a maneuver. But the Brits have sent a clear message to their politicians. And this anger is not going to just fade away.