UK: How To Reunite the Disunited Kingdom

by Neil Bamforth

Lots of politicians and, indeed, people in general, are discussing how the United Kingdom can ever be united again, given the polarization of views regarding Brexit. The answer is so glaringly obvious that it almost hurts. It is certain that it would not work for at least three years or so. It is, however, the only practical answer left.

The EU elections saw Nigel Farages Brexit Party absolutely smash it. They didn’t even exist a few weeks ago, yet they won the most votes and the most Members of the European Parliament.

However, the Liberal Democrats and The Green Party also did extremely well. Given that they are both staunch supporters of remaining in The EU, this only demonstrates precisely how polarized, as a country, we are.

The two ‘main’ parties, Conservative and Labour, both did extraordinarily badly. This, of course, emphasizes the disillusionment currently in ‘mainstream politics’.

A significant number of politicians are suggesting a ‘peoples vote’, or second referendum, on EU membership will unite the country.

This, clearly, is hogwash.

Just supposing the ‘remain’ side won this time – ‘this time’ being the operative point – then why would the ‘leave’ side accept the result? ‘Remain’ wouldn’t accept the 2016 result, so there is no reason why ‘leave’ should accept losing a second vote. Another referendum will merely make matters worse.

I suppose if there was another referendum and ‘leave’ won again, that might sort of help. ‘Remain’ would continue to be unhappy, but you can hardly lose twice and carry on insisting it mustn’t happen.

That result would, possibly, be a way forward but, ‘Remain’ winning wouldn’t actually help at all.

So, let us assume that a second referendum either won’t happen or, if it does, ‘remain’ win it.

None of that helps reunite the UK.

Just leave. Just leave and get it over with.

Yes, ‘Remain’ will be unhappy and the country will not reunite, but democracy, finally, will have been served.

Then, in three years – as in the three years the establishment have blocked Brexit – we can look at where we are.

If it has been disastrous, the ‘leave’ side will say “oops” and the country will reunite to rejoin – tail between legs yes, but, reunite they would, if only out of a sense of survival regarding those who had supported leaving.

On the other hand, if, after three years, we seemed to be doing fine, then those who wished to remain would be more likely to accept that we have left and, much to their surprise, we are doing fine.

Either way, the country would eventually unite again, quite simply because the fact of ‘disaster’ or ‘no problem’ would be staring everyone in the face.

What prevents us uniting is this interminable limbo our establishment have put us in while they try and fathom out how to either prevent Brexit, or only partially leave, thereby making it likelier we would rejoin as soon as they could get away with it.

In the case of ‘ordinary’ people, neither are undemocratic by nature. Yes, the remain side are upset that they lost and yes, they believe it would be catastrophic to leave, but a belief isn’t going to unite the country.

Only honoring the referendum result, waiting to see how we do, and then either carrying on if we are fine, or re-applying for membership if we’re up shit creek without a paddle will, ultimately, reunite The United Kingdom.

Just in case anybody rubbishes my thoughts here by the way, how about some constructive alternative then? Some constructive alternative that would actually reunite everybody – not immediately, that’s pie in the sky – but eventually.

This method of leaving the EU now would, eventually, reunite us – whether through disaster or success.

I can see no other way – apart from having a permanently disunited Kingdom in perpetuity.

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9 Responses to UK: How To Reunite the Disunited Kingdom

  1. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    You can forget about Brexit. It was a silly idea then and it’s an even sillier idea now, although I do understand how uncontrolled immigration can create some serious problems. You need to find a way to work around that, and remain in the EU.

  2. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 28, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    …. And that will unite the UK? How do you get 17.4 million who voted Brexit on side then?

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      May 29, 2019 at 8:10 am

      As I understand it lots of those folks who thought Brexit was a good idea have changed their minds after actually understanding what it would mean for the country. This is an interesting article and here is a snippet:

      “But there is also a sense that, in the short term at least, Brexit has made people’s lives worse: A recent IPSOS/Mori poll found that 41 percent of the country thought the vote had decreased their standard of living, compared to 18 percent who thought it had made it better.”

      Here is the article in full from The Washington Post:

      Does Britain Regret Brexit Crisis? Confusion Leaves Country Even More Divided

  3. Infidel753 Reply

    May 28, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    This is a great insight. Once Brexit has happened, and the inevitable initial turbulence has passed, everyone will see how things work out. Whichever side was wrong will eventually see they were wrong, and come to accept it.

    At least, this would apply to the economic effects. The main threat to democracy posed by the EU is that it is an undemocratic institution which has been steadily leaching more and more powers away from national governments which are democratically elected. I’ve never seen any Brexit-basher actually acknowledge and address that point (or address any of the real issues at all — they just arrogantly dismiss Brexit without ever showing any awareness of why people support it), and I see no sign that they understand the threat. Once the UK is out of the EU, the threat will be gone and the elected government will be fully back in charge — but will the Remainers ever acknowledge the danger that the country escaped?

  4. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Infidel : Flatterer 😂😂😂

  5. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Mike : The Brexit Party won The EU elections even with proportional representation. Had these elections been a British General Election, we would now have a Brexit Party government, as we have ‘first past the post’

    So there yer go old bean 😁

  6. Jack Smith Reply

    May 30, 2019 at 7:38 am

    There is darkness at heart of Brexit. As there is in the hearts of the core supporters of Donald Trump, Marie le Pen and the other so called “populist” movements in Hungary. Austria and Germany. Jews in Berlin have been told not to wear their cultural head gear out in public for their own protection.

    In the UK the English Defence League, Britain First and the old National Front supporters all champion Brexit. They say leaving the EU is the first step. What’s the second and third steps?

    The Dark Ages beckon.

    • cherries Reply

      June 1, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Exactly right Jack Smith. Hopefully people will realise before it’s too late but some people here seem not to understand sadly.

  7. cherries Reply

    June 1, 2019 at 8:44 am

    ‘On the other hand, if, after three years, we seemed to be doing fine, then those who wished to remain would be more likely to accept that we have left and, much to their surprise, we are doing fine.’
    Yeah of course N/N or whatever name you’re going under.

    You really do talk a lot of shite! As if that would or could happen. It’s not a General Election ffs!! As for the bp company ‘winning’ after only being formed for 6 weeks tells you what a load of tosh it is – who funded it and it’s got no manifesto it’s just a farage con and just ukip with a different name as proved by the results.

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