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Analysis: Will The Brexiteers Ever Take Responsibility For Their Actions?

today13 June 2022

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It’s been an interesting 24 hours.

Last night, former Brexit Secretary David Davis was asked what benefits leaving the European Union had brought the UK.

After initially claiming it was too soon to tell (NB we officially left the EU two and a half years ago), he finally alighted upon an answer.

Asked by Andrew Neil on Channel 4 last night to explain why he couldn’t now set out what the the benefits have been of leaving the EU, Davis said: “Well it’s partly because we have a Remainers Brexit.

“We have the Brexit that Theresa May handed off to Boris Johnson with all of the holes in it that shouldn’t have been there. And that’s what happened there. That’s why I resigned.”

That’s right, the “oven-ready” agreement signed by Boris Johnson, leader of the successful Vote Leave campaign, was actually a sneaky pro-EU pig in a poke.

If only everyone had listened to DD, everything would have been fine.

Fast forward a few hours and it was the opposition and – wait for it – media commentators to blame for Brexit not being quite as sold, at least not so far.

According to Simon Clarke, the chief secretary to the Treasury, Brexit is still being thwarted by “MPs and commentators” who simply won’t accept the result of the 2016 referendum.

And then, this morning, environment secretary George Eustice reassured a worried nation that the UK’s economic woes (new figures revealed that GDP shrunk 0.3% in April) were nothing to do with Brexit.

He said: “I don’t accept that Brexit is a factor in this because we’re seeing trade continue, and the big problems that businesses are facing are principally some labour shortages and wage inflation.”

That’s the same Brexit we were told would allow the UK to throw off the shackles of Brussels and usher in the roaring 20s.

So, just to be clear, according to the Brexiteers, despite the government enjoying a 75-seat majority, a combination of the opposition, journalists and – checks notes – Boris Johnson have conspired to prevent Brexit meaning Brexit (whatever that means).

This is all happening on the day that the government is introducing legislation to unilaterally over-ride the Brexit deal that Johnson signed himself.

Which rather begs the question – will the Brexiteers ever accept responsibility for the consequences of the Leave vote they successfully campaigned for in 2016?

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