After last night’s jaw-droppingly seismic shift in politics, let’s hope that at least some of the fractious debates about Brexit will now melt away and that the country can get back to some sort of normality. Outside of Westminster, Gina Miller has also accepted defeat and there will be no more attempts to overturn the referendum result. It’s now up to the new government to try to satisfy the hopes of those who want to leave the EU, whilst at the same time assuaging the fears of former remainers by keeping strong - albeit different - ties with “our EU friends and partners”, to quote the PM. Is it too much to hope for “peace and goodwill” at this time of year - I hope not
I think we can hope for a very short calmer period. but I am not optimistic. The result of this selective election only means that Boris Johnson now has a sufficient majority to actually "get Brexit done." But the nitty gritty of the negotiations will start now and as people begin at last to understand what they are going to lose I suspect feelings will run just as high. Of course Johnson and the British press will blame their "EU friends and neighbours" for failure of the UK negotiators to get what they want. They won't, i think be able to understand that they can't have their cake and eat it too. And I don't suppose the said friends and neighbours will feel very kindly disposed to the UK either. After all, they stand to lose as well and they have their own interests to protect..
I couldn't really raise much interest in this election since I am one of a large group of British citizens very much concerned with the situation but who have been deprived of their vote. Anyway, judging by the alternative "leaders" we might have got in a different result I can't say that the horizon would look any better. We had better make the best of the short season of peace and goodwill because I doubt if it will last.
I have asked myself what on earth I would have voted if I had been able to. I would have gone to the polling station out of respect for the women who fought for me to have a vote. I expect I would have invalidated my voting paper by writing something rude about the quality of British politcal leadership - which no one would have bothered to read anyway. At the moment I just despair.