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Brexit dream looks more like madness

03 November, 2017

• IT’S not clear what animates Stephen Southam’s passion for Brexit (Decision for grown-ups, October 27).

Clearly, he has no great attachment to parliamentary sovereignty. An advisory vote by a minority of the electorate at a single point in time is, for him, a decision that may not be reviewed, either by the electorate or by its representatives in a sovereign parliament – regardless of what the law says.

What about the economy? He’s relaxed about the credit downgrades that will make it so much harder for the UK to attract inward investment, and about the inflation that is eating into ordinary people’s living standards.

He’s angry about the treatment of Greece by its partners in the eurozone. But Greece has no wish to leave the EU. This is no argument for Brexit.

Brexiters have yet to explain what actual wrongs leaving the EU will right – and how, in hard, practical terms. We are asked to believe, in simple faith, that a jumble of undefined benefits will follow at some undefined time in the future. The Brexit dream may be heroic, but that’s not enough in this uncertain and hazardous world.

No one would ever claim that the EU we did so much to shape is perfect. But, as the consequences of our headlong rush to break with our fellow Europeans become clearer, ever more Britons are recognising that the Brexit dream looks, on waking, like rash madness.

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