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My issue with Greer is his assumption that Brexit offers the UK the prospect of an economic boom when businesses are freed from Brussel's bureaucratic meddling and workers are freed from competition from EU immigrants.

I also find it difficult to take lectures in democracy from the only country in Europe with an entirely unelected chamber of parliament, no written constitution, an antediluvian FPTP single seat constituency political system which delivers wildly unrepresentative results and renders many votes pointless, and a media controlled by a few oligarchs who are not slow to subvert the democratic process in their interests.

Generally the UK has had a negative influence on the EU (and Ireland), and I am not too sorry to see it leave, even though I regret the harm that Brexit could do to my friends and the many fine people there. The extreme nationalist impulse behind many Brexiteers could also render Europe a very dangerous place if replicated across the continent. So for me, it is very important that Brexit be seen to fail.

Obviously I could be wrong, and a "red, white and blue" Brexit could prove to be an unalloyed success, at least for the UK. I might then even have to concede there might be something to astrology beyond the projection of repressed desires onto a dubious conceptual framework. I still expect that Brexit, and particularly a no deal Brexit to be little better than a disaster for the UK, economically, politically and socially. We shall see who's prognostication skills ends up being the more accurate.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 8th, 2018 at 10:45:12 AM EST
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Even the far right is against cherry picking: Brexit: sympathy without support from Europe's right - BBC
"It is right to be tough," Andreas Rabl, the Freedom Party mayor of Wels told us, endorsing the European Commission's negotiating stance. "If it is possible for countries to exit and enjoy the same advantages as before, when they were still EU members, that would be a fatal signal to all other EU countries".

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sat Sep 8th, 2018 at 10:31:26 PM EST
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