Brexit: What happened?

‘You could knock me down with a bargepole’ was my first thought when Britain voted out of the European Union.

Politicians the world over are going to have to reflect on what happened in just a few short months?

Perhaps the most important fact is that Britain is a divided nation that will now have to manage the economic consequences of a decision of the heart. 17 million to leave but close on 16 million voted to stay. And if Boris Johnson becomes British Prime Minister, the financial sector will probably never forgive him for unseating probably unseating Prime Minister Cameron and Chancellor Osbourne.

This cannot be good news for the world economy. So we will continue bumping along, as we have since the financial crisis. And down here on the Southern tip of Africa, irrespective of governance scandals, we will never make economic progress while this endures.

It is almost inconceivable that voters would cast aside the overwhelming support the remain campaign enjoyed from the world’s economists and business community. One would have thought this would be far more convincing than the views of the likes of Sir Beefy Botham.

Let’s put all this in simple governance terms. Business and governments have hit a brick wall with stakeholder/ voters who have become tired of the corporate spin and economists explanations of why what they predicted yesterday just didn’t happen.

The Cameron and Osbourne bullyboy act is about as outdated as a school prefect’s tie. Throughout the Brexit campaign one had to wonder whether they were doing more harm than good for the remain campaign.

Boris Johnson must have had huge doubts about betting his career on the Brexit referendum. But at the end of he day his kinder political way seems to enjoy traction amongst the voter/stakeholders.

On the other side of the pond sits Bernie Sanders. No, he won’t make it to the Whitehouse. But Hillary Clinton is going to have to recognise his kinder approach to life.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Brexit campaign is that it dawns a new approach to politics. That could be worth a great deal. Politics throughout the world has become an embarrassing slagging match not even worthy of a interhouse schoolboy debate or an Australian cricket match.

Yes, the time has come for politicians to get back to good hard work that represents the interests of voter/stakeholders. That would indeed be the greatest tribute to Jo Cox.

 

 


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