As we listen again to the respective bleatings of the two principal Brexit camps (the original Leave campaign activists have become the minority players in this saga now) it raises the question of exactly who the target audience for either Project Fear or Project 'Let's Change Everything to Avoid a No-Deal Brexit' might be.
The Remain camp, including the government, is doggedly trying to convince everyone that if we don't all go along with Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement then the nation will fall into some dark abyss inhabited by most unpleasant economic serpents. The Leave camp has now itself divided into two factions: the original Leavers who had the support of the ERG and had a dual interest in either a good deal with the EU or a no deal if that became necessary and now we have the added and more vocal cadre of the group who are against the Withdrawal Agreement but are also against a no-deal exit and potentially in favour of a second referendum.
This is all getting rather complex, isn't it ? Let's comment upon the second referendum option for a moment. Those in favour of a second referendum are pushing the notion that because we knew squat diddly back in June, 2016 about what the referendum was about then a second referendum now that we are all so much better informed is advisable in order to get the backing of 'the people' (that's us, the great unwashed and clearly ignorant peasants of this land). What strikes BB about this train of thought is that all these 'experts' are telling us that we know so much more now than we did in 2016, ergo, let's have an informed referendum. This is bunkum. BB would challenge this assertion on every level. Do we actually know more facts about the Brexit options now than we did ? We certainly have had lots of commentary about it but if you think about what's being piled into the public domain and analyse it even superficially, there's a distinct lack of fact in the content. BB would venture to suggest that there is actually as little added value information on Brexit options now as there was back in 2016. What we do have is an excess of political garbage being thrown about by both sides of the debate. On this hypothesis, BB sees absolutely no merit whatever in a second referendum - quite apart from the legal and constitutional problems such a move would stir up.
Turning to the argument for rejecting the Withdrawal Agreement and also rejecting any adoption of a no-deal exit, BB finds this argument equally lacking in substance. Where do these people think things might lead with this ? No doubt they'd expect the government to trot back to Brussels and 'demand' a full re-negotiation of the Agreement that would meet everyone's expectations. Cuckoo Land is a term that comes to mind here. There's not a cat-in-hell's chance that the EU will concede anything further to Britain (though in broader terms Britain appears to have conceded just about everything to them), so just what are these crazed souls imagining will happen ? The Withdrawal Agreement looks almost certain to fail in its parliamentary passage and with only a little over two months left before the legal date of departure then unless there is a concession to extend Article 50 (which would probably enter us into another two years of Brexit uncertainty) adopting a stance against a no-deal exit seems to be masochistic at best and naive in the extreme.
So what are we left with (given the government has consumed most of the available time in negotiating an absolutely appalling package) ? What we are left with is a no-deal departure. Project Fear would have us believe this is the road to economic decline, uncertainty and instability - but in truth, they don't have any facts to support this assertion. They only have a political mantra to chant which is based upon the preservation of the Conservative Party rather than the well being of this nation. Project Let's Reject Everything and Start Again would lead nowhere meaningful but would initiate a snowball of confusion, bureaucratic tangles and a very dissatisfied populace. No-deal entails risks, for sure, but BB would suggest that either trying to re-negotiate or actually staying in the EU would create so much division that governance by the present mechanisms would become untenable. Yet we should not fear a no-deal. Instead of seeing all the negatives, the nation as a whole should see the opportunities - and this is perhaps the biggest problem this country faces - NEGATIVITY. As a nation state we are passive and gloomy about our existence. We never used to be - we ruled two-thirds of the world once - so let's kick the doom and gloom merchants into touch and see the prospects for growth and development ahead of us. No deal is not the ideal deal, but the time for getting that is long past. Let's embrace the realities of the present and leap forward into the future.