It’s the end of the world as we know it. I’m fine, you?
A few very brief thoughts about Brexit, in no particular order:
1) This could be the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom. The â€œCeltic fringeâ€, certainly Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales perhaps less so, are happier in the European Union than they are in Great Britain. I suspect that the next Scottish referendum might be successful. Come to think of it, the Greater London might in turn secede from England.
2) â€œEuropean Union president Donald Tusk has said the bloc was determined to stay unified after Britain voted to leave and warned against “hysterical” reactions.â€
Itâ€™s been a very emotional few weeks, so Tusk can probably be forgiven for having forgotten telling the German newspaper â€œBildâ€ a week and a half ago, â€œAs a historian I fear Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also Western political civilisation in its entirety.â€
As I mentioned a few days ago, while I have never been a big fan of the EU, being the embodiment and institutionalisation of everything that is wrong about the European leftism, Iâ€™m not unsympathetic to the argument that it night one day be seen to have been the lesser evil. The Brits, being of as well as off Europe, tend to be more optimistic â€“ or more blasÃ© â€“ about the continental tendency towards a clusterf***. The Poles like Tusk and I tend to be more melancholy about the whole shindig.
3) I will write more in the future about the rise of the new populism throughout the Western world, but for now let me just say that itâ€™s entirely possible to support Brexit in the United Kingdom but oppose Trumpism in the United States.
4) Grab a popcorn, sit back and watch as the Euro-elites and the left in general (big overlap between the two) savage democracy and the plebs, the dumb, unwashed, narrow-minded, xenophobic masses, for taking a big steaming dump in the middle of their picnic. Of course, in reality the growing unpopularity of the â€œEuropean projectâ€ is a direct result of decades of disconnect between the said elites and the said plebs, and complete and utter disregard of the latter by the former. Something that Tusk himself seems to understand in his more reflective moments, having recently rallied against â€œa utopia of Europe without nation states, a utopia of Europe without conflicting interests and ambitions, a utopia of Europe imposing its own values on the external world. A utopia of a Euro-Asian unity.â€ He went on to say:
Obsessed with the idea of instant and total integration, we failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe do not share our Euro-enthusiasm. Disillusioned with the great visions of the future, they demand that we cope with the present reality better than we have been doing until now. Today, Euro-scepticism, or even Euro-pessimism have become an alternative to those illusions. And increasingly louder are those who question the very principle of a united Europe. The spectre of a break-up is haunting Europe and a vision of a federation doesnâ€™t seem to me like the best answer to it. We need to understand the necessity of the historical moment.
5) Go Boris!