Below are some quotes about Brexit (both leave and remain), with a bit of commentary. I think what this shows is that people will say anything to get their way, regardless of the mess that such cock-womblery will cause. Comments in no particular order, try not to get too angry and spit your coffee over your computer screen.
‘The day after we vote to leave, we hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want’
Michael Gove. I think this has been shown not to be the case. Afterall why should the EU give the UK a good deal when that might encourage others, such as Italy, to also leave?
‘I believe that we can get a free trade and customs agreement concluded before March 2019’
David Davis. I see no free trade deal being likely soon, do you?
Absolutely nobody is talking about threatening our place in the single market’ – Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan. Mrs May has ruled out being part of the single market, we keep hearing that the people voted to leave the single marker (the vote was on the EU, not the single market)
‘Once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350m per week’ – Boris Johnson. Remember the bus? And once the rebate has been taken into account the figure is around £250m. Some also argue that with a likely decline in GDP after Brexit that the country will be worse off by more than £250m a year. And is that money going to the NHS? Why don’t you ask Boris the Idiot.
“Turkey (population 76 million) is joining the EU” – Vote Leave publicity. This has been ruled out, infact Germany has said this will never happen.
‘We will need an emergency Budget to restore stability to public finances’ – George Osborne. The then Chancellor was saying that if there was a vote to leave then some emergency measure would be needed immediately to prevent serious financial problems. In reality the country just plodded on with no tax rises or any change in direction in fiscal policy. The only thing that happened was that Mr Osborne resigned along with David Cameron.
“When I heard that I did think of Pinocchio and the nose growing rather longer.” Iain Duncan. Smith comments on George Osborne’s claim house prices will go down by around 18% if the vote to leave was successful.
“Get that lie off your bus!” Angela Eagle (Labour MP). Enough said.
“So what?” Nigel Farage. His response when asked about the likelihood that the pound would take a dive.
“Only a madman would actually leave the Market” Owen Paterson MP. He backed Vote Leave, so are we all mad?
“And while we could certainly negotiate our own trade agreements, there would be no guarantee that they would be on terms as good as those we enjoy now. There would also be a considerable opportunity cost given the need to replace the existing agreements – not least with the EU itself – that we would have torn up as a consequence of our departure.” Mrs May. I think this is self evident now.
“Wouldn’t it be terrible if we were really like Norway and Switzerland? Really? They’re rich. They’re happy. They’re self-governing”. Nigel Farage. So the UKIP leader was saying before the vote that we could stay within the EEA? That’s not what he says now.
“The Norwegian option, the EEA option, I think that it might be initally attractive for some business people” Matthew Elliot, Vote Leave chief executive. Now all we hear is that we voted to leave the EEA – no we did not, we voted to leave the EU and Vote Leave was saying that we could stay in the EEA. We some people say anything to win?
“Increasingly, the Norway option looks the best for the UK” Arron Banks, Leave.EU founder. See above comments (and also consider some of the shady dealings that have been alleged about Mr Banks, for example see https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/03/arron-banks-faces-new-claims-of-misleading-mps-over-brexit)
“The free trade agreement that we will have to do with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history”. Liam Fox. So how is that going?
‘Trade relations with the EU could be sorted out in ‘an afternoon over a cup of coffee,’ Gerard Batten UKIP Brexit spokesman. I think we are going to need a bigger cup of coffee.
Brexit ‘might even mean that there is less space for anger in our politics.’ Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP. Well, one look at the issues outside of Parliament shows how this is true. We are more divided now than ever and I for one, can’t see how that will be resolved. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/police-urged-to-intervene-after-anna-soubry-and-kay-burley-face-taunts-and-abuse-outside-parliament-a4032751.html
“My view of the implications for the food industry in Britain and for food manufacturers like us of Britain leaving Europe would be bad. And not marginally bad – very bad.” Patrick Coveney, Greencore chief executive. Well, there may be some issues if there is a no deal exit, but will they be this bad? Time will tell
Also, Goldman Sachs predicted a Recession by 2017 (this has not happened). The HM Treasury said there would be half a million job losses if Brexit was approved, this has not been the case, although what will happen if there is a no-deal Brexit has yet to be seen.