No deal Brexiteers are classified as follows.
1) Ignorant idiots
Understandably, blissful ignorance is a popular political position. However, Brexit has taken witlessness up to barely visible levels of stupidity.
Many people think ‘no deal’ means nothing changes. As unbelievable as that sounds, it is a widely held view.
Some people think World Trade Organisation trading rules are real things that exist in the world, or think Britain has something that countries in the EU desperately need.
There is ignorance of consequences if Britain leaves the EU via no deal Brexit: Ignorance of Britain’s inability to produce enough food to feed everyone; ignorance of the devastating effects on the NHS by forced removal of EU citizens; ignorance of the urgency of some imports, particularly medical supplies; ignorance of the huge costs of travelling or holidaying in Europe.
The world beyond Europe has changed hugely since Britain joined the Common Market over forty years ago but some people think stepping back to earlier trade arrangements will be straightforward.
2) Xenophobic yobs
Knuckle-dragging, angry, racist filth inspired by relentless encouragement from right-wing newspapers and from manipulative politicians, feted as authentic voices by detached bubble-dwellers in broadcasting and journalism and led by rabble-rousing grifters, the far-right bellowers refuse to see the real source of problems and choose to direct their anger at anything or anyone foreign. They are willing puppets of the beneficiaries of division in society.
There is no possibility of reasoned argument with them. Ignorance is celebrated, offence is obligatory and violence is ever-present.
Their pseudo importance as representatives of an opinion is an invention by those who benefit from the rabble’s behaviour.
A side-effect of the existence and visibility of angry xenophobes is that hapless centrists can point at them disapprovingly and avoid pointing at the major culprits (see below).
3) Wealthy financial vultures and their enablers
A cliff-fall no-deal Brexit would be a huge multi-billion pound windfall for disaster capitalists, for currency gamblers, for vultures waiting to grab what is left of Britain’s vital public services at fire-sale prices, for exploitative corporations salivating at the prospect of the removal of workers’ rights and health and safety regulations, for tax avoiders, for tax evaders, for enemies of human rights, for enemies of free speech and for every despicable low-life anti-human greedy bastard.
Their enablers are working hard, harder than they have ever worked in their disreputable lives, to achieve a no deal outcome. A plethora of secretly funded right-wing think-tanks, assisted by compliant broadcasters, provide a constant stream of confidence tricks for the benefit of their donors and act as conduits between the vultures and Tory MPs for flows of cash to the MPs’ accounts to pay them for their campaigning for no deal.
So much money is at stake that desperation has started to appear in the rhetoric and actions of the vultures’ enablers. Raab, Leadsom, Francois, Johnson, Farage and Hannan have become increasingly angry, red-faced and aggressive. Their demands for violence are becoming less subtle; group 3) requires group 2).
Dominic Raab’s bonfire of rights
Institute of Economic Affairs
Initiative for Free Trade