Paul T Horgan: Remainers shift to ‘Brexit in name only’

The phrase 'paradigm shift' celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. First coined in Thomas S Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, it concerns a fundamental change in assumptions that is not gradually determined; the change takes place instantly.

Such a paradigm shift took place last June when the UK voted to leave the EU. Up until then, it had been consistent Conservative leadership policy since 1961 for the UK to be in the EEC/EU. It had been Labour policy since the late 1980s, when socialists realised that even when they were not in power, their European comrades could still force socialism on to a Conservative government through EU Law.

The shift meant that Labour was wrong-footed. The political divide in this country had been up until last June fiscal. It concerned how much the government of the day was willing to overspend on social projects, and where to get that money from. Suddenly, this ceased to be the frontline of politics. It is now how a newly independent Britain will make its way in the world, or exactly how independent Britain should be.

So there is now a new battle line in British politics. Strangely, it resembles one from over a century ago, namely that of Home Rule. Back then, this referred to the devolution of power to Ireland in such a way as to not disenfranchise the Protestant minority. The issue dominated British politics in the late 19th century. It was highly divisive. Gentlemen of differing views stopped associating with each other in clubs. Liberal Unionists were welcomed in Conservative social circles.

The same is happening today. Home Rule, or Brexit, as it is now called, is the new dividing issue. Private Eye this week lampoons what must be happening in numerous dinner parties, where Leavers and Remainers assemble and identify themselves. Awkward silences, hard stares are being directed against the Leaver who admits their choice. It is not an issue of debate where a rational synthesis can emerge from opposing views. This is a (French) cheese-and-wine civil war.

This is also a battle line where Labour is now all but irrelevant. The party is playing catch-up after belatedly realising that a party polling at 25 per cent should be attracting the votes of the 48 per cent who voted to Remain. This is made complex by Labour having a leadership who wanted Article 50 invoked the day after the referendum result. Thus Labour is in party split mode, again.

The Remainers are going through the political version of grief in its stages. There is the denial; the referendum result was only advisory, and Parliament can vote to ignore it. There is anger; witness all those 'spontaneous' street demonstrations where the placards abuse Leave voters. There is bargaining; the result and how the Government deals with it has been through the courts. There is depression; the Remainers, who seem to dominate the media, are now abusing their position to manufacture apocalyptic visions of Britain's future as an independent country to make us all feel as miserable as they are.

We also now have a kind of acceptance: Brexit In Name Only.

Remainers accept we are leaving the EU. However, they want us to enjoy the benefits of membership all the same, so presumably they may continue to travel to their weekend villas in the Dordogne, and have their offspring work in Brussels with minimal bureaucracy intervening. They want us to be outside the EU, but to pay for single market access and the rest as if we are inside. This reduces Mrs May's 'Dear Donald' letter, delivered last week, to 'a scrap of paper' in the eyes of the Remainers.

Their argument is that the UK voted to leave the EU, not the single market. They state that the British public was not told that one was the consequence of the other. This is a lie. In fact it was made very clear, by the Remain campaign, that we would be outside the single market should we vote to Leave. This was the central element of Project Fear, depicting a future full of devastation from earthquakes, tidal waves, killer bees, and World Trade Organisation tariffs.

Perhaps 'Remainers' is no longer the best way to describe these well-heeled apocalyptists - the liberal elite who are abusing their well-paid positions in politics, media and commerce to reverse a free, fair, and honest vote cast by people they unjustly demean as social inferiors, whose opinions should be ignored. This is an Alliance of Liberals for Brexit In Name Only (Albinos).

Albinos, a freak of nature, colourless, afraid of exposing their motivations to the full glare of external scrutiny. It is said in politics that sunlight, something albinos avoid, is the best disinfectant. The Albinos work in the shadows and only come out in the dark. The full influence by the EU on British politics is not entirely clear, but numerous think-tanks and media organisations seem to accept Brussels gold. The chief Albino protagonist is Peter Mandelson. It seems a rather appropriate description of these latter-day fifth-columnists in our soon-to-be-free Albion.

(Image: Jeremy Segrott)

Paul T Horgan

  • brownowl

    Cue SJWs and virtue-signallers diverting all attention away from the thrust of this article (which is on the money and not something they will readily accept) towards manufactured outrage about albino people. It’s interesting, is it not, that Albion is an anagram of Albino?

  • Colkitto03

    Remainers fall into many types. I notice three key types though. Firstly those who genuinely have converted to Brexit. There are several million of these who were never EU fanatics and realise now they were duped by project fear. This is why 65% of people when asked now say ‘lets just get on with it.’ The MSM ignores these people.
    Secondly there are the fanatics that simply don’t care about the UK and the bulk of its citizens.These are the people David Goodhart calls ‘Global villagers’ The MSM and politics is riddled with these.
    Finally there are a smaller group who have invested so much in Brexit that they can never stop supporting it. These people are willing the UK to fail simply so they can save face. They are panicking that their professional careers will be blighted by this huge miscalculation. Many of these people also supported the ERM and joining the Euro. Alasdair Campbell is a good example of this.

    • TheRightToArmBears

      There is nothing good about Alasdair Campbell.

    • James Chilton

      Unless I’ve misunderstood your final paragraph, the “smaller group” must be diehard remainers, not investors in Brexit who won’t stop supporting it. They are desperately hoping that Brexit fails.

      • Colkitto03

        good point! thanks
        I will change it

    • Vera

      I think a lot of your first group were undecided mainly because they had never bothered much with politics and or the EU and had voted Remain because they thought it was ‘more of the same’, better the devil you know sort of thing.

  • TheStoneMan

    If you are looking for new terminology may I suggest using Thomas Sowell’s terms – The Anointed and the Benighted. I am a proud member of the latter.

  • Politically__Incorrect

    With people like Blair and Mandy (Mandelson) leading the Brexit-Light Brigade they have as much chance of success as the Tooting Popular Front. These two men must be amongst the most unpopular in Britain and any campaign they front is likely to suffer the reverse midas touch. Let them moan and groan along with the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation. They are now on the wrong side of history.

    • TheRightToArmBears

      Blair is the most hated man in Britain. He is in a prison of his own making, being unable to walk down any street in Britain without a heavy security screen around him. He will not leave his house unless he is hurried to his bomb-proof car.
      Walk through Connaught Square, W1, where he lives and your face will be registered by CCTV, carefully scan the skyline and, if he is at home, you will see masked figures watching you. This is the extent of his paranoia, which shows how he knows he is hated. Given that his security will be manned by ex-special forces, can he really trust them to forget past buddies, paraplegic invalids now abandoned by the NHS?
      I’m almost sorry for Blair, but the memory of what he did to us instantly stops that.

      • Corblimey

        Blair’s face is so Dorian Gray, atticus!

        • Vera

          He is not ageing well. Beginning to look like the skull he will become.

      • Vera

        Trouble is we are paying for his security – he should be made to pay for it himself.

  • choccycobnobs

    I like the Albino term that you have coined but fear for your safety from the thought police racing round to your home in pursuit of a ‘hate crime’.
    Why do the remainer elite reckon that the likes of Mandelson carries some weight? I am always puzzled why he ‘suffered’ from mortgage irregularities, resigned as an MP, becomes an EU commissioner and then has a seat in the Lords. Tommy Robinson had a problem with a lesser amount in regard to mortgage irregularity and he found himself in prison.

    • Lagopus scotica

      One rule for them, another for us. The rise of “political” prosecutions in the past few years is very concerning.

      • choccycobnobs

        How very true.

    • Vera

      It’s the socialist way – you get rewarded for fraud and failure.

  • Toeknee

    A question for remainers. Had the result of the referendum been to remain what would we have been voting for?
    I suspect it would have resulted in us being captives for ever. An EU army. Open borders, for ever. ~Ever closer regulation.
    And would our contribution have been made larger or smaller, given that we had no choice?

    • choccycobnobs

      It may well have resulted in those points you mentioned. However, there would have been no Supreme Court ruling, no HOC and HOL votes masquerading as ensuring democracy. Like a lot of the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties it would all have been passed through with a wink and a nod. Dictators or what?

    • Vera

      And all further referendums would be deemed illegal. I suspect that if Remain had won the only chance of us getting out would be if the whole EU project just collapsed like the Berlin Wall. The chances of having another referendum would have been nil and the onward march to the super state of EUSSR would have been swiftly speeded up.

      • choccycobnobs

        Smaller?? That word seems to be very rare in the EU world. Smaller expenses; smaller number of bureaucrats; smaller number of regulations; smaller state control; smaller flow of illegal immigrants. Not going to happen.
        About the only time that word appears is when the EU get together and ask themselves about the democratic rights and privileges for the native European……that they are committed to making smaller.

  • Don Benson

    In many ways the Brexit decision is akin to becoming a fully fledged adult after long years of childhood. Before this transition we had the safety net of existing within the EU cocoon; now we will be on our own and there are plenty of challenges that lie ahead. We are at last free and self-governing but that means success or failure is entirely up to us; and there is no guarantee of success unless we swiftly, decisively and wholeheartedly grasp the vision of how things must change.

    Those of us who celebrate our escape from the clutches of EU dominance are probably those who are most aware of the need for radical change in our nation, both economic and social. Truly independent nations have to pay their way in the world; produce enough goods and services to meet their expectations for consumption; conduct trading relations with enterprise and energy; protect their borders; establish standards of integrity, justice and rational decision making within their politics and legal system. Above all else they need to work for minimal incursion of the state into the lives of ordinary people and businesses while encouraging maximum freedom of speech and debate. For most of us this has to mean a complete reversal of our current disastrous acceptance of politically correct notions and the coercive grip which has steadily and insidiously been eroding our freedoms of thought and speech (not least in universities) and thus destroying our national identity and confidence.

    I wonder how many existing and former remainers will find the confidence to grow up and will be willing or capable of embracing the new kind of mindset and practical policies which all of this implies?

    • John Birch

      You point out all of my concerns about the ability of our governing classes from local councils to HMG to cope with what’s required.
      None of them want out, they pay themselves a fortune and for years have abdicated all responsibility for themselves to Brussels.
      Their wages went up as their work load drifted away.
      I would say bluntly they have been taking the pi$$ for years and there is now a generation in position who have never known real responsibility.
      Effectively they are not the people we need to deal with this new situation we are in.

  • Little Black Censored

    “chief … protagonist”: there is no other kind.

    • Partridge

      Where there is more than one protagonist it is quite feasible for one of them to be the ‘chief’. However, perhaps we should refer to the group in question as antagonists ?

  • Ravenscar

    I don’t much care for the opinions of the remoaniacs, I didn’t before and would never give any of them the time of day now, insofar as I am concerned they, and their illiberal collectivist hogwash ex the likes of major, mandelslime, bliar, miller, branson – Internationalists and corporate vultures their moues, airs and demands are as light years away from the wishes and requirements of people like me, my friends and family ie the ‘proles’.

    What concerns me far more, is the so called ‘British Government’ we ‘labour’ under in the present – pun intended. It’s executive don’t seem to understand “Brexit means Brexit”. Or, maybe I don’t understand it, because as each week passes, it seems very much that our negotiators have fallen in with the other side, ie we’re not moving out at all, just moving to another prison and some sort of associated status. Where membership still comprises; open borders and single market rules. ‘Our’ lot – HMG the executive aren’t the slightest bit interested in LEAVING the Berlin Empire and just like the nation was lied to and repeatedly during the run up to maybe our blackest day in January 1973 and for two years up to the 75 referendum, the mood, the meme and the lyrics are very similar, it’s very hard not to conclude that, once more the Germans are orchestrating the reprise, to ‘dance into surrender’.

    Out means out – what do Boris, mother theresa, foxy, hammond, fudd and the crew not understand, how hard is it, get out and WTO rules, then we will dicker.

  • Guardian’s Quitter

    Bliar, Campbell, Major, Timmy Fallon, Clegg, Mandelson, Soubry, Mcmental, both Miliband brothers, the BBC, and Jeremy Hardy all support Remain. This tells me I made the right choice in voting to leave.

    • Vera

      Indeed! Can’t name a single Remoaner I’d want to spend time with. You forgot Osborne, Cameron, Heseltine, Ken Clarke – these are worse since it’s exactly what you’d expect from so called LibDems and Labour.

    • morbidfascination

      Mandelscum is virtually treasonous in some of what he says.

      • John Birch

        Only virtually???

    • John Birch

      Nice one and 100% correct

  • PierrePendre

    The idea that leaving the EU didn’t mean leaving all of the EU’s institutions such as the single market is absurd on its face, but as in everything to do with politics, what your get is what you can get away with. Nowhere on the ballot papers did it say “do you want to leave some bits of the EU?” The Remainers are welcome to grasp at whatever straws they like. The straws always come down to the same thing: Leavers didn’t know what they were voting for whereas Remainers were gifted with total clarity that only devotion to tutelage from Brussels can confer. A majority of the British voted to leave the single market thereby making themselves free to negotiate the right to trade with the single market in future under whatever terms the government could agree as part of its future relationship with the EU which, it is in the interests of both sides, should be close. Remainers chose not to accept the verdict of the referendum which is their right to do; Leavers would not have accepted that it was dispositive either. But a little less misrepresentation from the Remain side, always quick to indict their opponents as liars, would be welcome if only in the interests of truth.

  • Vera

    You have to laugh. Think what agonies of mind these Remoaners must have, anger that they didn’t get their way, pitiful whinging and whining, they must be really screwed up with spite and bitterness – HAHAHAHAHAHA – Happy Easter Remoaners! Whatever it is they will now lose, it must be BIG to cause them so much trauma, what fun!

  • Mary Robinson

    They had the chance to make their case with all the weight of the establishment on their side and didn’t manage to get their message across.

  • Tethys

    Similarly, Brexit types might fall into …categories;
    * head-in-sand, rabid, retro-bigots- immune to reality, evidence, balance and objectivity.
    * ‘patriotic’ nostalgics- way too shortsighted for much vision or imagination.
    * Careerist Politicians – either switching sides or blatantly guilty of misrepresentation, or both.
    * those feeling genuinely economically disadvantaged -who might be looking in the wrong direction to see the root of any problem.
    * Pragmatic, informed campaigners retaining some integrity. – there are some.
    * Those with clear knowledge of what the minority, discredited Brexit ‘mandate’ will mean in practical terms. – by definition, there can be absolutely none.

    • Phil R

      A majority voted Brexit.

      Get over it.

      • Tethys

        Not a majority but 37% of the electorate.
        Now if only 1 in 12 of those were influenced by the ‘NHS funding’ confidence trick, the result would be the reverse.

        • Phil R

          Yes, another well-reasoned agrument from Remain

          A 52/48 result isn’t clear at all. But a 48/52 result? Now THAT would have been clear. It would have settled the issue for all of time and eternity. No more votes needed. Ever.

          Hell hath no fury like a progressive deprived of their devine “right” to a progressive Government.

          Well, perhaps not divine right. What’s the secular equivalent?

          • Tethys

            This is a seismic shift for the UK, or what will remain of it, requiring a meaningful referendum question, diligent, honourable exploration of the issues, proper supervision and oversight (like New Zealand) and a sufficiently clear vote to give a valid, lasting, non-divisive, mandate which all can respect and take pride in.
            Instead, the vote was an ill conceived parody of democracy – not fit for purpose, executed in a shameful and grubby manner to scrape a narrow minority vote.

            The concept of a ‘threshold’ vote is indeed therefore sound, as evidenced by other nations, by the man who set up the 2nd referendum petition, in expectation of a narrow remain vote, and also by NF himself, who before the poll stated that a 48:52% vote to remain would be ‘unfinished business’

            Think how it would have only taken 1 in 12 of the leave voters to have seen through the ‘Bus’ confidence trick for example for the result to swing, yet here we are heading for the unknown led by the unelected and disgraced.
            We deserve better.
            We deserve a proper stay/go vote on the final proposals.
            It’s common sense.

        • morbidfascination

          As opposed to 34% who voted to remain. The “only 37%” argument is a tired, intellectually vacant argument that demonstrates a lack of real reasoning.

          • Tethys

            Please see the reply to Phil R

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  • Phil R

    Brexit is just terrible. They just don’t understand that the EU is the prototype for a post national

    After all the EU, it’s just so … enlightened.

    And to think that the next stage of man’s political evolution should be pushed off track by men in white vans of all people.

    There is a reason progressives are entitled to run things, you know.