Re: Amazing stuff
"It was explained to me by a Brit who lives in both the US and London that people got fed up with some non-UK citizen sitting in Brussels (I think???) telling everyone what they can and cannot do."
I'm not going to downvote you (it was unfair that anyone did!), but I will say:
Yes, that explanation is EXACTLY how the brexitters perceive the situation.
It is, of course, absolute bollocks.
For years the goverment have blamed the EU for their cockups.... And for years, some sheep have believed it.
There is a European parliament. We have British members of that parliament, that are voted for by British people (thought I bet most of the brexitters can't even name their MEP (member of the european parliament))
The UK has a strong veto in the EU. We had a lot of influence. There are 751 MEP's, representing the 28 European countries... Guess how many of them represent Britain?
Almost 10% of the EU 28 is controlled by britain, so if any country should be pissed at "eu control" it's certainly not us.
Again, you can bet your last dollar the brexitters don't know this, either.
The brexitters were scared into being scared about immigrants stealing our benefits and our jobs (sound familar?) even though the EU has fuck all to do with "all those mooslims", and even though the UK is able to expell EU citizens who aren't contributing to the economy after 3 months (the UK chose not to do so)
It is very much like with trump. Scare the people into voting for the very people who will screw them more - tax breaks for the rich etc.
Jacob-rees-mogg, who's father wrote a book on how to profit from a collapsing britain [ Blood in the streets - that book, by the way, is staight out of the neocon handbook - Paul Ryan etc. would agree with it 100% ] .. has an investment company that recently moved to Ireland "to better serve a post brexit economy". His plans for brexit are:
From: Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US?
The priority areas for removing “anti-competitive” EU regulations articulated in Plan A+ are unpicking data protection rules (GDPR) introduced by the EU to ensure privacy, and allowing the free flow of data across borders, which would let big tech companies use our data – or abuse it. EU regulations that require exporters using chemicals to present safety data to the European commission before obtaining authorisation for imports are a burden on business, including the plastics sector, the thinktanks say, and should go. Likewise pharmaceuticals companies find the requirements on transparency around clinical trials onerous and should be allowed longer patents – that is, more expensive drugs for the rest of us.
Anyway, if you're interested, all this information is out there, and explained far better than I could, but basically, if you think of a brexitter as a gullible scared dimwitted trump voter, you won't be far wrong.
EDIT:Blinky got in there before me, whist I was writing this!