Britain and possibly the whole of Europe will pay heavily for this terrible miscalculation. Because Scotland voted to remain in the EU and has been dragged down the plug hole by the hoards of stupid south of the border, it looks like they're going to get another referendum on independence. This time the Union will very likely be broken, Scotland could leave the United Kingdom. This adds more uncertainty into the years to come as Britain exits the EU. What is definite are years of uncertainty at the end of which British industry will probably be destroyed and the City of London may haemorrhage to Frankfurt, or other financial centres in the EU. This is a slide into dystopia with all the bite of JG Ballard and the sense of irony of Douglas Adams.
I am not overstating the threat to British manufacturing, to see support for an expectation of the elimination of British manufacturing we need only turn to prominent Vote Leave supporting economist Prof Patrick Minford who said recently:
How would the public of China, Germany or the United States react to a leading member of a pressure group on one side of a referendum such as this making such a statement? Here in the UK, the side making that argument just won the vote.Over time, if we left the EU, it seems likely that we would mostly eliminate manufacturing, leaving mainly industries such as design, marketing and hi-tech. But this shouldn’t scare us.
Truly, we are through the looking glass now.
I just had to share the front page of Liberation, which shows Boris Johnson (the most likely candidate for Prime Minister. Groan...) with a message of support from France. It sums up both the farcical figure of Johnson and Britain's new position in the world, stranded above a great height looking utterly foolish, waving our flag in abject futility.
Merci Les Gars!