I popped home to Monaco this weekend. Great weather, magnificent food; just the place to see out the Brexit storm engulfing Britain.
The Côte d’Azur is its usual sparkling best. The sea temperature is just right – once les petitis ballons have adjusted of course.
And while the guards at the Palais Princier in Monaco are still sticking to their bizarre handover time of 11:55 AM it’s always worth a gander at old Boney’s personal belongings in the Musée des Souvenirs Napoléoniens in the west wing.
Although Brexit will undoubtedly affect me in some shape or form going forward for good or for bad, I’m an EU and Australian citizen and not British, it’s been fascinating to see the fallout from the historic Brexit vote.
I was predicting this for quite a while and suggested on many occasions that the highly paid pollsters and spin doctors were calling it all wrong, as with the last UK general election. To me it was all about who actually bothered to get off their backsides and turn up to vote on the day. The Brexiteers were always going to get off their sofas or leave their pints at the pub to vote, to make a point and vote for change. More so than the Remainers.
Personally, I’m delighted you Brits have seen sense and decided to jettison the EU sea anchor that was dragging you all down to Davy Jones’s locker of national stagnation.
Listening to the London cabbies before and after the vote, it was never about immigration. This vote was about sovereignty. The right for Britain to chart its own destiny through its own parliament and the courts.
But if you still needed any convincing, you should have a read of the local rag in this part of the Med; Nice-Matin. The front-page headline said it all: ‘And now?’ it asked.
A bit sniffy if you ask me. But then what can you expect from the architects of the whole unelected carbuncle.
‘A scathing disapproval for the European construction’ they raged. And the comment piece inside said: ‘By welcoming the English we knew that they never fully adhered to this project.’
Talk about a ‘project’ and a ‘construction’ implies unfinished business – which is what the Remainers could never adequately explain away. (And referring to England, rather than Britain, says a lot about other prejudices too.)
The whole aim was political union; never the cosy collection of trading partners they tried to bluff the great British public with.
There was a saying where I grew up. Don’t p**s on my head and tell me it’s raining.
Well the EU was the most incontinent bunch I’ve ever seen – in terms of political legitimacy, morality and straightforward fairness.
And there was one other great contribution in the paper. When asked if France should hold its own referendum, the whole EU shindig having transformed since the last time the public got a say, Jean Leonetti, the Deputy Mayor for Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins and former Minister for European Affairs said: ‘It must be re-legitimized but developed in a new project with a Europe that takes care of the big things and not the small details.’
Not, ‘maybe we’ve gone a bit far.’ But talk of a new project! The juggernaut has to move on, never slowing to listen to legitimate concerns.
And make what you will of his dismissal of the legitimate concerns and worries felt by 17 million Brits as ‘small details’.
Of course, this is all typical stuff from EU apologists, but what really got me spluttering on my baguette was an email I received from a mate in the UK.
He wanted me to sign petition 131215 to demand parliament hold another referendum. He was delighted to point out that it had received over 3 million signatures. Not to mention that a lot of the signatories weren’t even British at all.
Hang on, weren’t the Brits just asked that question – with 17 million opting to Leave?
In fairness the petition was started before the vote and wanted a second referendum if the turnout was less than 75% and the winning side, whichever way it went, had less than a 60% majority. (Leave won on 51.9% with a turnout of 72%.)
But as most of the signatures (nearly 4 million now) have been added since the vote on Thursday, I smell sour grapes (unusual for this part of the Riviera).
Boo-hoo, you lost the referendum, so what’s your reaction? Get on with it and try to make a successful future for the nation?
No, whinge like the Poms of old and demand a second go.
If ever you needed evidence of how the EU has infected British politics, this is it.
Remember how Ireland dismissed the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum in 2008 and had to hold a second one in 2009 to get the ‘right’ answer? It’s typical EU mentality.
The project has to move on, regardless of the ‘small details’.
“The markets will crash, the major corporations will all get up and leave, an emergency minibudget will follow…” None of this actually happened. Sure, there will be uncertain times ahead. But life is always full of uncertainties.
You’re better off out of it Britain. Embrace the future. Be compassionate and caring. And most of all – be great neighbours at home and with your European friends.