Britons backed Brexit because they want to take back their national identity

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 5:19pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 10:35pm

Kevin Rafferty (“Brexiteers have a passport to a fantasy world”, January 2) misses the point on the return of the [“old bold British blue”] British passports.

Confucius said that “whoever wants to reach the source” of knowledge “must swim against the current”. The EU represents the apogee of dysfunctional groupthink.

Consider the following – waste, inability to audit itself, undemocratic political structure, economic underperformance, unemployment and the composition and practise of its courts. Also consider the dysfunctional euro, uncontrolled immigration, broken borders, economic catastrophe throughout southern Europe, depressed wages, a broken banking system and piles of regulations and laws imposed via political structures representing nobody.

Friedrich Nietzsche said “there are two different types of people in the world. Those who want to know and those who want to believe”. Rafferty doesn’t want to know about anything he doesn’t believe in and substituting invective makes for an empty article. Returning British passports is a symbol, like the EU flag or “Ode to Joy”, EU’s supranational anthem and EU passports. 17.4 million Brits voted for Brexit in the largest exercise of democracy the UK has seen. The metropolitan political elite, academia, most media and all supranational institutions warned voting leave meant immediate economic shock and ruin. Brits voted leave because they want to make their own laws; control their own borders and resources; trade how they want with anyone they want; and take back their national identity. That’s no “Britain-first crowd”.

There’s no boasting in wanting to “forge a new path for ourselves in the world” and no “farrago of lies, half-truths and delusions” or “great British delusion” or “rescuing sovereignty through passports” or them representing “the costly pretensions of Brexit” or a referendum choice of “an illusory world at the end of the rainbow” as asserted. This was never the choice before the Brits.

It’s absurd to assert Theresa May had an imperial vision out-of-date and undercut by Britain’s lack of “the gunboats to enforce her will”. Other EU members will work with the UK because it’s in the interests of many to do so.

Everyone deriding Donald Trump has also lost, probably also through swimming with the current rather than doing their homework.

Christopher Howe, Mid-Levels