John Maynard Keynes is often quoted as saying “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”, but there is no evidence that he ever said it. This quote has become a popular way to describe the current situation of Brexit, where many people who voted for it now believe it was a mistake and would like to rejoin the European Union. In this blog post, we will take a look at the facts surrounding Brexit and how it has affected the British people.
The Brexit vote has been called a “complete disaster” and “a bunch of total lies” by Guy Hands, a former Tory donor and City of London figure. He specifically pointed to the lies surrounding the NHS, saying that the Conservative party had “thrown the country and the NHS under the bus”. The majority of respondents to recent surveys now believe the nation was wrong to vote for Brexit, and a tidy majority would like to rejoin the European Union.
The main reason for this shift in opinion is that people have noticed the loss of freedom of movement, which has inhibited them and European workers who the economy had relied on for so long. David Cameron made a mistake by refusing help from European Commission officials who could have informed the British electorate of what was in store.
Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak have both made attempts to “align” Britain with the EU, but this is not enough. Guy Verhofstadt, the former Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, stated that “the very idea of Brexit is unworkable” and that Britain will remain poorer as long as Starmer rules out rejoining the single market and the European Union.
It is clear that Brexit has had a huge impact on the British people, and that the facts are pointing to it being a mistake. It will be interesting to see how the situation develops in the future, and if the UK will be able to rejoin the European Union.