Brexit will have serious consequences across the world
SEE ALSO :No-deal Brexit more likely by the dayOpening floodgates Yet, this was the most far-fetched option, based on an archaic assumption of British superiority, and that the UK was indispensable to the EU, and the world. (Former colonials should be familiar with this mentality that formed the bedrock of colonialism, of taking without a care). One need not be a rocket scientist to acknowledge that this was never an option for the EU as it would only result in opening the floodgates that would ultimately be the end of the EU. The second option was for the UK to be treated like Norway; having responsibilities to—and benefits from--the EU but no vote. Norway — whose people rejected joining the EU — accepted this option knowing it needed the huge market of the EU to keep progressing economically, and has not done badly by any stretch. The third option was to have a second referendum. While this was rejected outright by the political leadership, momentum has since grown substantially, with a massive push for a “people’s vote” that could have three options: accepting the negotiated settlement which is quite close to Norway’s position; remaining in the EU; or doing a hard Brexit. I believe that in moments of crisis and with decisions that will have a huge and negative impact for generations to come — as pro-Brexit leaders now confirm — treading carefully and slowly is the way to go, and it would be patriotic and selfless if a second referendum were held. But seeing how some of these British politicians operate, I doubt that this will happen. In fact, sometimes it is easy to confuse them with our Kenyan politicians but for the skin color! For the amount of self-interest exhibited would make our politicians proud! In our case, mostly what we get is financial self-interest that is bewildering in its contempt for Kenyans, especially when they want to be the ones setting their own wages, allowances and emoluments, not from the proceeds of their sweat but from ours. The renewed efforts to either emasculate the Salaries and Review Commission by illegal laws or ensuring that they have lackeys in office springs to mind, and now they are pushing laws that basically oust the Commission, and donate the powers to themselves to set their emoluments. There is no other country where this happens, and our MPs do not seem to understand that we have an economic crisis in the country. Or if they do understand, they do not care. And with these attitudes, sadly following the example of State House which preaches water but drinks lots of wine, we can be assured that our future is bleak, and our next elections will be more brutal and violent.
SEE ALSO :Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus- The writer is former KNCHR chairman. [email protected]
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