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This is very good at analysing some of the psychology behind brexit. I found myself agreeing with rather a lot of it. I believe Anne Applebaum has written something similar in WaPo today as well

Guardian - Martin Kettle - Boris Johnson's Brexit was never a dream. It was pure fantasy

It is not possible to understand Brexit without understanding that Brexit is, as Johnson called it, a dream. Many different dreams, in fact. For some it has been a dream of sovereignty, for others a dream of freedom, or of restored greatness and much else. There is nothing necessarily wrong or ignoble with dreams, or even some of those particular dreams. But in the end dreams exist in the imagination, not reality. They don't put food on the table. They don't balance the accounts. Dreams are never enough. That has been this government's achilles heel.

The fundamental practical difficulty that all Brexiteers have faced since June 2016 is that dreams of this kind oversimplify a world full of complexity. Brexit was offered as a single liberating proposition, when in fact it involved multi-layered consequences and implications that require negotiation with others. It is hardly surprising that the May cabinet and the wider Tory party have struggled to come up with a defined view of Brexit because, in the end, Brexit isn't a plan at all. It's an attitude, not an agenda.

It is more important for Brexiteers to "believe" in Brexit than to implement it. It's like believing in your football team. It's why Brexiteers are so suspicious of Brexit betrayal. In their minds, Brexiteers own the result in 2016 - and regard it as absolute - but are unwilling to own the practical consequences. Faced with a choice between Brexit and a plan for Brexit, they will always choose the former. As a consequence, most of the practical detail has had to come from the realists, some of whom are against Brexit altogether, while others are supporters of what Johnson this week called "semi-Brexit".

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 12th, 2018 at 03:36:40 PM EST

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