Many of those who voted in the EU Referendum, of June 2016, will be familiar with the bastardisation of previously innocuous words. The start of this poor and lazy, but not unexpected, habit began with the contraction of the words Greek and exit. Thus Grexit was born. With the UK referendum approaching it was no great surprise that Brexit appeared swiftly and gained instant traction. Even before the camapign began other terms were being tested in various media. Remainer, Brexiter and Brexiteer were soon ubiquitous. These at least had the benefit of being relatively new and fresh. In addition they helped to wipe the terms Eurosceptic and Europhile from the campaign lexicon.
Anyone thinking that such terms would disapear immediately, after the results were known, would be deeply disappointed. The shock produced by the result immediately produced new groupings of those who’s disapointment was not going to be quiet or accepting.
Since June 23rd various press articles, speeches and social media postings have suggested terms to describe those who seek to keep the remian flame alive. Of the five nicknames listed above ReMoaner & BreMainer are relatively gentle terms for those who wish to continue fighting a referendum long since completed or who wish to sow enough doubt, in the minds of leave voters, that the result of Brexit negotiations will be EU lite. The other, and slightly more sinister, nomm de plumes seem to be used to describe the groups or individuals determined to subvert the result of the referendum by any means that are available. Legal challenges, upper house rejections, inordinate delay and many other devices are already being brought to bear in order that Leave means “try again”.So how do we spot these charachters and how can we differentiate between those with genuine concerns regarding post Brexit Britain and those determined to ensure that it is never a reality. Here are a few tips.
- “I / We respect the vote / result / referendum” – This is thinly disguised codespeak for “I / We do not accept the result and believe it was illegitimate in one way or another. Notice the avoidance of accept and the removal of any personal element such as peoples decision etc. Many who use this type of line have little or no respect for the people who voted and certainly not those who voted leave. (Remainiacs)
- “I / We accept the result / decision but…….” – A phase used by many, some of whom are the genuine members of the the remain voting 48% who would like their concerns listened too and understood. Sadly many more subversive individuals use this preamble to then undermine the referendum and the view of 17.4 million people. The but is often followed by “Parliament must have a say”, ” People were mislead”, “People did not vote for what type of Lave they wanted”. Basically if the phrase is followed by a genuine specific concern then Leavers should attempt to understand and address it. If a general point or implied attack on Leave voters then its a disguised Bremoaner.
- ” The referendum campaign was a disgrace, misleading, biased etc. etc. etc.” Mainly this section is composed of those who do not want to seem like they are rejecting the result or condemning those who voted leave. By rubbishing the campaign they are copping out of saying what they really think. Many believe that Brexit voters are stupid or worse. By trying to claim the moral high ground and blame the process these remainers are lacking in the courage of their convictions and assuming a level of ignorance within the voting populus that they of course are part of! (Remoaners)
- “Parliament is sovereign and must have a say on Article 50 / Term of Brexit” In hypocrasy terms these are the the worst of the Remaoning crowd. For forty years and more these folk gave away parliament’s and the people’s powers to an unelected body, now they seek to use what is left of that power to frustrate, reverse or water down the clearly expressed view of the UK population. The answer to this is simple, the government called the referendum, parliament voted for it by a majority of over 6-1, the government stated it would impliment the result, only when that result is implemented in full, and we have left the EU, will parliament be sovereign again. When it is you can have as much say as your constituents will allow! Until then let the government do it’s mandated job.
- ” Voters did not know what kind of Brexit they voted for” The campaign was virtually completely waged on one simple premise, the economy vs control. Voters quite clearly voted for control over their money, their borders and their laws. It was made totally clear by both sides that this would most likely lead to a withdrawal from the single market and that some short term economic costs were likely. They also understood that tough negotiations would follow and that this would take time. The aim of this group of Remainiacs, including Clegg, Millband, Clarke and Hesletin, is to subvert, delay and reshape Brexit until it resembles membership as closely as is possible. (Referendum Deniers)
- “Brexit will cost…..£…….Jobs………?” This is a very disparate and dangerous group, it shares may members of the above clans but also includes those with a direct interest in keeping the EU model as untouched as it can. Lobbyists, special interest groups, individual business sectors, academics and who knows how many more. This shifty axis will state any figure and any timetable that might begin to undermine those who voted to leave. The £66 billion treasury forecast that is six months old and contained no post Brexit information or accounts for any new trade deals that emerge. The statement that banks are about to leave the country, which then turns out to be made by a banking lobbyist. Even Nissan using the situation to broker a better deal for their new model being made in Sunderland.
There we have it, six of the best or worse ways that remainers have used chameleon like disguise to sow seeds of discord in the mind of sensible, sober leavers. Other tactics are being used, stories of the Brexiteer ministers rowing or leaking stories or making mistakes have been thrown around liberally in order to ensure a mistrust is grown. Hundreds of normal everyday news stories that are now top and tailed with Post Brexit or Brexit Britain. The BBC has a virtually constant dripping tap of anti Brexit opinion, information or selective data and emphasis.
For those who voted Leave or believe that democracy must triumph, in a fair, open and efficient manner, it is vital that all such attempts are recognised, rebutted and challenged as keenly as they are offered.