It’s really quite masterly in its way, this piece of projection. Still, we’re asked one particular thing, or rather told something which we can refute:
And we all know that almost no Brexiteer can name an EU regulation that they would actually want to repeal.
I think I count as a Brexiteer. Worked for Ukip, stood for them as an MEP candidate.
Just off the top of my head I’d get rid of the entirety of Reach. Plus all the bendy banana laws. And the European jam, jellies and marmalades laws. That’s just things I’ve actually written columns about over the years. Give me 15 minutes and I’l find a library full for you.
A weekend of reflection leaves me still bemused by Brexit. Or at least by Brexiteers. Let’s leave aside all the nastiness of some who claim to represent those interests. Let’s instead consider what Brexit is supposedly about. Except I cannot. Because I do not know.
It’s based upon entirely the wrong ideal – ideal – of governance for a free and liberal society. It’s using the Roman Law derived idea of a regulation for everything and nothing without a regulation. Whereas a liberal society says these limited things must be regulated because of third party damage and everyone’s free to get on with the rest as they wish.
The European Union’s simply on the wrong side of liberal.