I have a hard time understanding politics in other countries. Politics is mostly about star-bellied sneeches and nostalgia ’bout the good old days and if you won’t live there, you don’t which sneeches have stars or what people believe about the country’s past.
This Brexit summary from Carl Diggler makes some sense to me:
After David Cameron made a highly understandable mistake of caving to a perpetually drunk racist demagogue in Nigel Farage, he made another completely reasonable error of putting the EU referendum up for a vote. Compounding this, the UK media made a multi-decade long mistake of stoking anti-immigrant fears, which played in hand with existing English dislike of the EU.
But there’s a side of it that I don’t understand at all: what was Boris Johnson’s play here? He was mayor of London so he knows the banks are shitting their pants about Brexit. He knows that the EU won’t let the UK continue to have access to the common markets unless it keeps immigration and worker movement policies more or less as is, and the main rationale for the referendum was that these should be changed.
Did he think the thing would never pass and that he’d just get mileage from supporting Brexit after it failed? Or is there some other angle here.