Roses are red, violets are blue
Johnson tried to sell Brexit
But said nothing new.

One can feel for Boris Johnson, on today of all days. The British foreign secretary, a lead campaigner for the Brexit referendum, now finds himself the frustrated suitor of the nearly half of the British public that voted against it. And despite his Valentine’s Day call for unity—his political equivalent of give me a chance, honey, I won’t let you down—the Remainers he was wooing will likely walk away just as disinclined as ever to return his texts.

Look, I understand you’re afraid of getting hurt. But we can make this work. “Brexit,” Johnson said in a speech that was billed as the “liberal case” for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU, “can be the grounds for much more hope than fear.”

It’s going to be great, you’ll see. You worry too much. The speech took the form of an extended reassurance, as Johnson tried to parry what he identified as the most common fears of Remainers, one by one. Wasn’t it a geo-strategic error to leave a major international alliance? No, Johnson said, the U.K. sticks to its commitments to European defense—that position is “unconditional and immoveable.” What if the U.K. outside Europe becomes more insular and isolationist? Not only will it not be that, but it will also be more democratic, he said, channeling Lincoln: Brexit was “the expression of a legitimate and natural desire for self-government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Didn’t your own government’s analysis show the U.K. would be worse off economically after Brexit? Focus on the opportunities we’ll have: more money for the National Health Service (But didn’t the U.K. statistics authority say that’s not true?); more controlled borders that will still remain a magnet for “ambition and …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Global


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