It didn’t take long, did it? Two days out of the EU and the blame game is already in action for when things go very wrong. I’m only surprised it didn’t start at 11.01 pm on Friday. If you thought Boris Johnson had ‘got Brexit done’ once and for all, then think again. We’ve got years more of this stuff.
The big difference now from last Friday is that Johnson has now to own Brexit. The Remoaners™ have lost. We did our best to stop it happening, or to make our departure as painless as possible, and there is nothing else we can do. Except this.
The lead must come from politicians and mainly from what’s left of the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn was a woefully inadequate leader of the opposition and basically held the door wide open for Johnson to take us out of Europe. His successor must do better. It is hard to conceive he or she could do any worse, unless Rebecca Long-Bailey becomes Labour leader, in which case we can all pack up and go home.
Keir Starmer, for it must be him, will need to ensure everyone understands that Brexit from now on belongs to Johnson. If we don’t get a trade deal, it’s down to Johnson. When the good jobs start disappearing, it’s down to Johnson. And if, as I fear, law and order breaks down sometime in the near future, it’s down to Johnson. Starmer can put forward sensible and realistic alternatives to Johnson’s hard Brexit, but he cannot and will not stop Brexit. It’s the consequences that matter now.
Of course, the EU will be blamed if we don’t get everything we want. But when we lose access to the Single Market, which we helped create and, until 2016 was supported by Boris Johnson, and leave the Customs Union, it will be because that’s what we apparently voted to do. (I don’t think people did, actually, but we’ve lost that argument, too.)
Even I, with three-quarters of non-British blood, would just like to move on. The reality is that we may not. It could well be that the blanket media coverage of Brexit returns and consumes the national debate all over again. I absolutely dread that happening, I really do, but remember that it will be Boris Johnson and his pals whose actions will keep Brexit on the front pages.
Brexit isn’t done yet, far from it, but the arguments about whether it should have happened, are over. What happens next is entirely the responsibility of Boris Piccaninny Watermelon Letterbox Cake Bumboys Vampires Haircut Wall-Spaffer Spunk-Burster Fuck-Business Fuck-the-Families Get-Off-My-Fucking-Laptop Girly-Swot Big-Girl’s-Blouse Chicken-Frit Hulk-Smash Noseringed-Crusties Death-Humbug Technology-Lessons Surrender-Bullshit French-Turds Dog-Whistle Get-Stuffed FactcheckUK@CCHQ 88%-Lies Get-Brexit-Done Bung-a-Bob-for-Big-Ben’s-Bongs Johnson*. Never let him forget it.
*With acknowledgements to Stewart Lee.