Brexit Facts

In light of today’s court ruling I decided to put a quick summary of the status of Brexit so far. Please find an unbiased list of points below.

  • The Government’s plan to avoid a vote in Parliament is ruled illegal. Parliament now to have a vote unless the Government wins an appeal in the Supreme Court or at European Court level (oh the irony).
  • Atleast two people murdered as a result of Brexit and possibly a third. One MP and two members of the public (both EU nationals living in the UK).
  • 16% rise in reported hate crimes, 300% around the time of the vote itself. These include Nazi symbols being put on Polish centres, assaults on foreigners and letters posted through foreigners doors. No rise in hate crimes in Scotland. Many Brexit journalists dismiss the rise as political correctness in reporting gone mad.
  • Russian “in-kind benefits” found to have made their way to leading Brexiters (Source: The Times). The result was Tory politicians supporting the Russian invasion of Crimea.
  • Tory Councillor initiates a petition to have those who continue to support staying in the EU to be prosecuted under treason laws. Petition disappears.
  • UKIP and Right wing press call for war on the judges who ruled against them.
  • Death threats made against those who took the Government to court and won.
  • UK Government threatens to name and shame employers who employ foreigners, in particular those with staff members from the EU.
  • UK Government refuses to rule out deporting EU nationals post-Brexit, saying that this requires negotiation.
  • UK Government states that those who continue to criticise Brexit are not patriotic or true Brits.
  • The three Brexiteers (negotiators) David D, Boris J. and Liam F.  are now on such bad speaking terms they had to arrange a meeting on neutral territory in order to help overcome some differences.

On the plus side:

  • UK population voted for Brexit by a margin of 51.9% to 48%, the people spoke. Scotland voted to stay in Europe.
  • Brexiters who called for UK Parliament to be supreme express outrage that it will be given a role in some aspects of Brexit.
  • New hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland now likely. This may lead to an increase in crime around the border.
  • Boris Johnson did not become PM.
  • UKIP showed it’s true colours by letting two MEPs “scuffle” in the European Parliament. One ended up in hospital, he subsequently said the party was out of control.
  • The estimated 350m UKP saved per week by leaving the EU will actually be saved and not spent on the Health Service, thus helping to reduce the deficit and helping to increase deaths among the lower classes who cannot afford private healthcare. So natural selection! Ironically these were also the people/areas which voted for Brexit.
  • European Union is set to save hundreds of millions as subsidies to Wales and Northern Ireland will cease post-Brexit.
  • Nigel Farage says he will disappear from politics but promptly re-emerges as UKIP interim leader.
  • In an interview a major Leave donor openly admits to using lies to win the referendum (Source: The New Statesman).
  • UK Government internal report predicts a GDP contraction of only 9.5% as a result of Brexit.
  • There is no hard or soft Brext, just Brexit according to the EU. Thus keeping any decision and negotiating positions quite simple to understand.
  • No clear plan from the Government, they say that this is to prevent them from having to give away their negotiating hand.

Despite these facts the people voted for Brexit and that decision even if I do not agree with it  should be respected but it must be subject to scrutiny by Parliament. Whatever kind Brexit occurs I hope people do not end up losing their jobs or seeing a decline in key public services such as the NHS.

About Rod McCall

Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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