17th May 2021
Some things are almost beyond parody.
Lord Frost says the government will hire an external adviser to identify post-Brexit opportunities. “We have high hopes of outside input into this process,'' he says.— Joe Mayes (@Joe_Mayes) May 17, 2021
The government of the United Kingdom, almost five years after the Brexit referendum, wants help on identifying post-Brexit opportunities.
The natural response to this is, of course, to laugh like a drain – and to then despair.
But it also worth reflecting on.
One of the strengths (if that is the correct word) of the Leave campaign was that it was primal in its message – and what is primal is usually inexact, if not vague.
And with such primal force, Leave won and the Remainers lost.
Brexit was forced through.
But for every strength there is a weakness.
And at this point of the process, those who have forced Brexit through will say, in effect: ‘what now?’
Those who were opposed to Brexit will scoff and hope that such an implicit admission discredits the cause of Brexit.
But what has power because of a lack of detail will usually not falter because of a lack of detail.
There was never any particularised plan for Brexit: it was instead a political roar of anguish and defiance and (for many) misdirection.
David Frost could go even further and say freely and expressly: we want outside input in identifying opportunities because we do not have a clue what to do next.
Those who supported Brexit would either shrug or nod at the sentiment.
And as a wise person once said: there are no problems, only opportunities – it is just that some opportunities are insoluble.
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