Are the ‘settled’ now unsettled?

Rye and Battle Observer letters
Rye and Battle Observer letters

If you dare now ask a question about the cost of Brexit, the reply from people like David Davis is that you are defying ’the settled will of the people’, repeated ad nauseam by his fellow travellers on the Leave red bus.

Yet it is the same people who so vehemently oppose the idea of testing the people’s will when there is an actual deal on the table, whenever that may be and whatever its terms may be. The constant repetition of this mantra is simply used to bolster their flagging confidence in Brexit actually proving to be a good deal for Britain.

So no matter if Brexit turns out to be completely different from the promises the Leavers made. No matter if it turns out to be costly to us all. No matter if it damages our economy. No matter if it damages our environment or prejudices the health and safety of us all. No matter if it sacrifices the rights of British citizens now living in the EU. The people’s will is settled.

David Davis should be reminded of his earlier, pithy turn of phrase - ‘If a democracy can’t change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy’.

There has been much backtracking on the Leave campaign’s more specific promises: now with the massive devaluation of sterling, it has become increasingly clear that Brexit will cost us all. Brexiteers parrot that ‘well, nobody really believed the £350 million for the NHS on the side of that Leave red bus, did they?’. Yet a MORI poll at the time said that nearly half the population believed it.

Prominent Leave campaigners also offered conflicting versions of what Brexit would look like. Some said we should leave the single market, while others reassured us we’d stay in it. Theresa May, after seven months of vacuous platitudes, finally had to admit the reality is far more complicated than the meaningless ‘Brexit means Brexit,’ subsequently repainted by her to be a ’red, white and blue Brexit.’

All that has been blown away by Pandora May’s box of a White Paper, indicating Brexit will be a very hard Brexit indeed.

So are they now scared of that so-called ‘settled’ will becoming unsettled?

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