It has become commonplace to moan about how much the EU Referendum has changed politics in the UK and Europe. There is also a fair bit of despair.
This post will not make you feel any better.
The referendum has changed things permanently. Politics and life in Britain will not be the same for anyone, regardless for whether they supported Leave or Remain.
Before you Google yourself way, hear me out.
The Brexit vote has woken up something nasty in British society, that was hidden under a facade of political correctness. Racism, violence, anger are now mainstream. From UKIP’s nazi style posters to daily headlines demonising foreigners, we have graduated to vilification of the judiciary for daring to have Parliament involved in defining what “Brexit is Brexit” means.
People on social media feel obliged to call out the Jewish judges who are also gay who are also pro-EU, who want to frustrate the will of the people as interpreted exclusively by the Brexiteer priesthood of Theresa May.
Is this a rerun of the 1930s as parody, or simply a re-run? Do we need to prepare for life under a British Reich?
My message here is simple. Nothing will satisfy Leavers or reverse this descent into undemocratic populism. If a hard Brexit indeed happens (by exiting for example without an agreement) the narrative that will develop will blame the evil EU for the consequences. If we brand the judges enemies of the people, after just a couple of months, for asking what Leave supposedly asked for (Parliamentary supremacy), how far will be from pogroms in post Brexit dystopia?
Anything less than a hard Brexit will lead to a permanent rear guard action by UKIP and fascist Tories who have been denied their chance at utopia. The point I am making here is that no matter how his plays out, things will not normalise.
Where does this leave Remainers? I accept the mantle of an enemy of the people. I will be in good company.
Am I exaggerating? Theresa May and the Lord Chancellor are yet to condemn the attack on the judiciary. The government has made clear its intention to appeal the decision on Article 50 however. Taking back control indeed.
The question I am asking myself is whether to stay and fight for the country I knew, or leave.