Tony Burman published an intriguing column in yesterday's Toronto Star. Given last week's fallout from the referendum, he believes that Britain and Europe may patch up their differences:
That astonishing thought became more than possible this week as Britain’s political battleground descended into treachery and farce.In a chaotic response to the slim referendum vote to pull Britain out of the European Union, London’s Palace of Westminster was littered with the victims of political backstabbing and intrigue.
Boris Johnson's political ambitions came to a crashing halt:
Johnson, who studied classics at Oxford University and once argued that studying Greek and Latin would keep young people off the streets, became the centre of his own personal Greek drama. In an act of treachery, his close colleague, Michael Gove, withdrew his support of Johnson at the last minute, saying that he now felt “Boris cannot provide the leadership.” Gove announced he would run for the top job instead.
Jeremy Corbin's political future looks no better:
As if this wasn’t enough, Britain’s opposition Labour party is also in tatters. Its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, under attack for his lacklustre support of the pro-Europe side in the referendum, received an overwhelming vote of non-confidence from Labour MPs. The pressure on him to resign is building.So that’s where politics stand in Merrie Olde England, barely a week after the historic referendum on Europe. The final vote by a narrow 52-48 margin was to “leave” the EU, but there is increasing doubt about when this will take effect.
There are two reasons why Britain's exit may never happen:
The idea of a 50-per-cent-plus-one referendum deciding such colossal issues in the life of a nation is increasingly being discredited.It will likely take another election to even begin to restore the credibility of the Britain’s floundering and self-absorbed political and media elites.
Buyer's remorse is settling in:
Already, in terms of an economic backlash, there are signs that the biggest losers will be many of the working class people who voted to leave.In the days since the vote, there has also been more criticism about the referendum process. On an issue with such historic meaning — in this case possibly the dissolution of both the United Kingdom and the European Union — why would the government allow the margin of victory to be as tight as 50 per cent plus one?
On the morning after, the haze sometimes disappears.
On another note, Elie Wiesel died yesterday. He was a witness to the evil of which man is capable. The opposite of good, he wrote, is indifference. Words to remember in times such as these.