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26th Jul 2018

COMMENT: Quit talking Brexit down and look forward to the adequate distant future

Your great-great-great grandchildren will thank you for your sacrifice.


Think. Bigger. Picture.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the Remoaners are at it again. Far from accepting that they lost and getting over it, they continue to jeopardise Britain’s prosperous future outside the European Union by simply talking Britain down.

Once again, it seems to be the Westminster Establishment, out-of-touch with ordinary Leave voters, who are most vocal in their continued opposition of Brexit. Just this week, we have seen elite arch-Remoaners such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, Dominic Raab and Theresa May flying the flag for the unelected Eurocrats in Brussels. Shame on them.

It is important to debunk some of this hokum and remember that when it comes to leaving the EU, there continues to be many reasons to be cheerful. Of the three aforementioned elites, it is perhaps important to start with the most powerful of those voices, the actual Prime Minister.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, in an interview with Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy, insisted that the full impact of leaving the EU wouldn’t be known for “years to come,” adding that “the overwhelming opportunity for Brexit is over the next 50 years.”

Remoaners seized upon Rees-Mogg’s comments, insisting that 50 years is too long a wait to see any benefits from Brexit. What they fail to accept, however, is that we’ve talked of a transition period all along. Whether that period is 5 years, 50 years or 500 years is a moot point. At some indeterminable point in the future, we will be better off than we were before we left the EU, and that fact alone should tell you that Brexit will be a success.

You may suffer in the short term, and your children and grandchildren may suffer in the medium-to-long term, but in the really-long term, your great children will thank you. Just picture it. 200 years from now, your great-great-grandchildren will sit wide-eyed as you regale them with tales of the time you voted for freedom. You’ll carried aloft through the streets – or whatever is left of them – as people chant “BREXIT, BREXIT, BREXIT!” and refer to you as ‘the second greatest generation’.

The newly-appointed Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, meanwhile, has promised to ensure that “there is adequate food supply” if the UK leaves the EU without reaching a deal.

Speaking to the Brexit select committee, headed by Labour MP Hilary Benn, Raab promised not to keep Britain in the dark, but to “explain what we are doing to mitigate the risks, while giving the full picture so that whether it’s farmers or citizens or other businesses, they understand what their position is and what support we will provide.”

“It would be wrong to describe it as the government doing the stockpiling,” he added of the Government’s stockpiling efforts.

While on the face of it this may alarm some, it is actually a good thing. For one, nobody needs more than an adequate food supply, and adequate food can be as filling as delicious food. Besides, who needs imported food from abroad. We could repurpose places like Cornwall’s Eden Project to grow the UK’s supply of bananas. Or just not eat bananas anymore.

The reassurances from Raab that the Government isn’t stockpiling allayed fears to such an extent that Theresa May was forced to tell Channel 5 News that the Government’s preparations are “not just about stockpiling.”

In the interview, May insisted that people should take “reassurance and comfort” from the fact that we are indeed stockpiling not only food but also medicine and blood.

Asked if the news was alarming for people, May said, “Far from being worried about preparations that we are making, I would say that people should take reassurance and comfort from the fact that the government is saying we are in a negotiation, we are working for a good deal. I believe we can get a good deal, but it’s right that we say let’s prepare for every eventuality.”

She continued, “This is not just about stockpiling. That concept is about making sure that we will be able to continue to do the things that are necessary once we have left the European Union, if we leave without a deal.”

People are acting like we haven’t stockpiled before. Some of our most glorious times as a country have come through stockpiling and preparing for the worst. It’s what people mean when they talk about the “Blitz spirit”. In the Second World War we faced unimaginable terror and existential threat with tenacity and gumption. What’s stopping us from doing the same in the face of this new self-inflicted, totally avoidable threat?