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Alexander Menden enjoyed his reverie errand in London, his wife working in the NHS, their boys corroborating England in the World cup finals. But the disaster that is Brexit has changed all that
‘So you’re going home .” This is something I hear a lot when I tell people that my bride and I have decided to move to Germany after 14 years of living in London. My answer is always the same:” Actually, we are leaving our dwelling. This is our home .” We are moving to a country that my wife and I were born in and are citizens of, but which our children know merely as general holidays end. There was- and is- no igniting want on our component to live in Germany. I never missed the impoliteness, govern freakery and permanent moaning that I associate with much of German public life.
There is, nonetheless, a definite advocate to leave Britain, countries around the world that has lost its lane and, with it, many of its good calibers. In public discourse, pragmatism, level-headedness and forbearance( or at least benevolent indifference) have been largely replaced by uncompromising partisanship. The solution of the EU referendum dismayed me, but did not surprised to see me. Ever since my time at Oxford University in the mid-9 0s, I had been aware of the deeply entrenched anti-EU feeling, particularly among politics graduate student- some of whom would go on to work with pro-Brexit politicians and in the media.
What that time did not develop me for was the absurd sight that post-referendum British politics has mutated into. There seems to be no fudge , no catastrophe , no incompetence to which Britain’s current, distressingly shortsighted and feckless batch of politicians refuse to slouch, be they in government or resist. The unworkable white paper pummelled out at Chequers, and the acceptances, parliamentary chaos and no-deal menaces resulting from it, have hurled the current level of incapacity in British politics into sharp relief.
After the referendum, there was a shift in my journalistic remit. Before, I had what I will always consider the best enterprise imaginable- provides information on the arts for the Suddeutsche Zeitung from the most culturally exciting and diverse metropolitan in the world. It was every artworks journalist’s dreaming: I embraced everything from the Turner prize to the Booker prize and interviewed artists such as Anish Kapoor, Ian McKellen and the Rolling Stones.
Since 24 June 2016, however, my job has been wall-to-wall Brexit coverage. I would not have been doing it properly if it had been any different. From a British perspective, it is the characterizing topic of our era, even though many Brits seem to prefer to ignore it, hoping it will just go away. In the run-up to the implementation of article 50 in March 2017, for instance, I started writing a daily “Countdown” pillar crossing stories such as the diminished” Brexit Toblerone “ to the molestation of our Polish friends after the referendum- and discovering how my insight of Britain had been changed by the result.
Brexit even built its road into arts coverage- for example, the National Gallery’s attempt to buy a painting by Jacopo da Pontormo from a US banker was scuppered by the slump in sterling, while the European Union Youth Orchestra, which had always had its headquarters in London, was forced to move to Italy.
My journeyings outside the London bubble, before as well as after the referendum, cleared me aware of the broad range of the grounds for the Brexit vote, as well as of the fallout that is already happening, or is on the horizon. They showed me a Britain that is divided and directionless. Yet, looking at much of the domestic coverage, you would not know this. In most British media, columnists seem biased and underinformed in equal evaluate- and peddle the” will of the people” position unchallenged. One of the untruths recited unquestioningly is the British government’s assertion that the situation of the 3 million EU-citizens in its own country is assure. Despite official protestations, it is still unclear what this status will be after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. If the “settlement scheme” that the minister of the interior, Sajid Javid, has announced is moving forward, we would at best have to apply and pay to secure as a privilege something that free movement has so far guaranteed. Free motion is neither a advantage nor some kind of transactional in-migration bargain. It is a reciprocal arrangement between EU member states, which modelled the law basis of our move to Britain all those years ago. It has been changed unilaterally by the British authority. We had no say in it.
Being is available as bargaining chips for two years and then allowed to stay in our residence for a cost, turning from citizens into supplicants, is scarcely a democratic process- although there is, currently, it is the best-case scenario. The assertion that” nothing’s agreed until everything’s agreed”, recently reiterated by the trade secretary, Liam Fox, makes it clear that, should there be a no-deal Brexit, all of this “wouldve been” irrelevant. At worst, we could be stuck in Britain with no legal status at all. In the sun of all this, it is surely better to rush than wait to be pushed.
To those who are seduced to reassure us that” it won’t happen”, I is simply say: look at the many instances over the past few years where you said the same, and then accurately that thing happened. Of route, Germany has its own questions. In her capricious interior minister, Horst Seehofer, Angela Merkel now has her own Boris Johnson-type loose cannon. However, in Germany at least we won’t be totally politically disenfranchised. EU citizens “havent had” say in any of the Brexit decisions- Commonwealth citizens living in the UK were allowed to participate in the EU referendum, we weren’t; and we never had the vote in upcoming general elections. What our status could be used as local government elections( which we have been able to vote in so far) is up in the air, as everything is still legally unclear.
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