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Sleeping is Highly Overrated, or, Brexit, Stage Right! - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Sleeping is Highly Overrated, or, Brexit, Stage Right!
When I went to bed last night, the Mets were leading the worst team in the league, and the voters of the UK were projected to be remaining in the EU.  I even posted a joke about the latter:



By the time the midnight wakies got to me, the Mets had lost their game, and the Brits had lost their minds.

It's scary to contemplate.  One paper is reporting that today, Brits are massively googling terms like "what happens if we leave the EU"- after a 52-ish percent voting majority voted to do just that.  It was a campaign where all factual evidence simply got left on the (wrong) side of the road- Leave champion Boris Johnson drove round in a bus citing a "pants on fire"-factchecked figure for the cost of the nation's EU membership and simply ignored assertions it was false.

Sound familiar, Orange Haired One?  He stepped in it himself after the vote, putting out this tweet-



and immediately getting this response-



Not that anybody in his voting bloc will care about THAT factual inaccuracy, either.

Making it weirder is that the referendum excluded something round 5 million expat British citizens, many of them living in the remaining EU, who didn't get a say in whether they will continue to have free trade, free travel and other freedoms as a result of this.

Most of the opposition came from the same places that fill our own reddest of red states- the elderly and the rural. The ones who habitually vote against their own self-interest- hating Obamacare despite being stuck in states with no expanded Medicaid and thus the very high medical costs they complain about, and despising "Washington" without realizing that almost all of the red states receive far more in federal aid than they pay in. I'm in one of the US states that pays in far more than comes back- and it's okay. That's what makes us a nation, not a confederacy of fifty or 300 million teeny sovereign states occasionally tripping over each other.

Now, likely, Scotland will redo its own exit vote, and just as likely will vote this time to secede from the UK and return to the EU.  Meanwhile, Wales presents as clear a case of the stupidity of this xenophobia as anything:





And Northern Ireland, the only UK component with a land border with the EU, could just as likely be next.

Nice job, guys. From United Kingdom to Untied Kingdom in a fucking day.
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oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: June 25th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
The Brexit is a huge mess.

And the fun with it is only just beginning.

It also scares me, because I can see Trump getting elected an making everything worse.

captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 25th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
My initial scareaction was with yours- that It Could Happen Here. Perhaps, though, being five-plus months ahead of our vote, the Law of Unintended Consequences will play out and keep the swing vote (that 20 percent of our electorate that always decides everything) from going nuclear and voting for that moron.

And while the anti-Drumpf Tweet above was among the first, they only got better as the day and night went on:




Edited at 2016-06-25 05:02 pm (UTC)
tilia_tomentosa From: tilia_tomentosa Date: June 25th, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is no escape from news from/about Britain for me, and things just keeps getting crazier. This EU citizen is not amused because this is going to affect all of us in more ways than we can predict immediately... well, I did find the new "term" Bregret mildly amusing. *sigh*

My chosen son in England is very upset. *sighs some more*
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