Frustration with politicians will spread yet further, with worrying consequencesby Alex Dean / February 28, 2018 / Leave a comment
Brexit talks come closer to collapse with each passing week. Today the headline is that the government is imploding over the Irish border problem, and in no small way.
The truth is that EU departure was always going to go badly. An overwhelming majority of experts lined up to warn of the risks Brexit posed in 2016. Dismissed as “Project Fear,” their story since the referendum has been one of gradual vindication.
The first question is when voters will wake up to what’s happening. At the moment, absent a referendum or another general election, the average Briton has tuned out. The second question is who they will turn their fury on when they do.
To see the problem, refamiliarise yourself with the arguments made by Leavers before the Brexit vote—and later by the government, which absorbed the message.
The Irish border issue was held up as a classic example of Remainer scaremongering, dismissed out of hand by senior Brexiteers. Chief among them was Boris Johnson, who until days ago insisted there was no need for any physical infrastructure. He has now performed a spectacular U-turn.