Brexit 'driving the desire' for IndyRef2 says Stephen Gethins
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Remainers have been mocked for blaming economic turmoil on Brexit. One writer has suggested that the Government’s response to Covid was far more disruptive and “laid the groundwork” for the country’s current woes.
EU officials have taunted the UK over the market turmoil which followed on from the Government’s mini-budget last month.
Former Brexit negotiator for the EU Guy Verhofstadt took to Twitter to jibe: “How’s Brexit going?”
Referring to the EU referendum, he added: “One thing is for sure: the mess didn’t start in 2022 but in 2016.”
Even British commentators have attempted to draw lines between the problems of now and the 2016 vote.
Times columnist Matthew Syed argued over the weekend, in no uncertain terms, that “it is Brexit that sits behind all that has unfolded”.
Writer Fraser Myers insisted that what Brexit, six years after the referendum vote, has to do with recent market turmoil is “not at all clear”.
The Spiked Online deputy Editor branded the “compulsion” of pinning all negative affairs on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU as “Brexit Tourette’s”.
He wrote: “There is something especially pernicious about the attempts to pin the current crisis on Brexit. What a mini-budget drawn up by a formerly Remain-supporting MP, six years after the referendum itself, has to do with Brexit is not at all clear.
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“More importantly, so many of the decisions that have brought us to the brink of economic ruin were supported not by populist Leavers, but by the technocratic elites.”
Such happenings could, he added, far more suitably be pinned on “global shocks” over more recent years.
On the top of his list was the lockdowns imposed by the Government in response to Covid.
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Mr Myers wrote: “Thanks to lockdown, the UK endured its largest fall in GDP in the history of industrial capitalism.
“Even as the economy opened again, supply chains remained snarled up. Shortages in goods and the means to transport them wreaked havoc, and they did so for months after the lockdowns ended.
“It is absurd to compare this level of disruption to extra bits of post-Brexit customs paperwork.”
Former Tory MEP John Longworth earlier this week suggested some, including in the EU and the US, work to do Britain down because they are “terrified” of its “potential” post-Brexit.
He wrote in a post on Twitter: “One could almost believe that Biden’s USA and the EU are terrified of a successful Britain out on its own. Positively, I guess it is a measure of Britain’s potential.”
Mr Longworth added: “Pity that our political class are so cowardly.”
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