Watering down Brexit, if not actually rejoining the EU. The Labor mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, asked for it bluntly, breaking the prudence front in his own party, the first prominent British exponent with a role of power at national level to go so far, in the wake of the signals of rethinking – or at least of the perplexities – that continue to emerge from public opinion in the United Kingdom: in the grip of an increasingly widespread discontent for a crisis largely linked to global factors, but aggravated in the eyes of many across the Channel by the backlash of farewell to the EU.
Khan’s open face attack, the first mayor of Pakistani and Muslim roots in the history of the capital of the United Kingdom, surprising up to a certain point, considering that his electorate of reference is that of London: a cosmopolitan metropolis with a liberal prevalence and always anti-Brexiteer, in which many interests had felt threatened from the outset by the tear. And he addresses in particular the “hard” version imposed by the last conservative governments on the Kingdom after the controversial victory of ‘Leave’ in the 2016 referendum.
The occasion was a public intervention in which the mayor – two years after the definitive entry into force of the divorce from Brussels – targeted the Tories, accusing them of having inflicted “immense damage” on the country. But he also indirectly criticized the neo-moderate leader of Labour, Keir Starmer, evoking a rethink at least in favor of a softer Brexit: perhaps with a rejoining (from outside) the single market and the European customs union. Perspectives that Sir Keir has instead recently clearly excluded, pledging not to reopen a “closed” debate so as not to rekindle the divisions of the past. And limiting himself to saying that he wants to “make Brexit work” – if he becomes prime minister – through a generic better relationship with the club of 27.
Khan doesn’t send word and says Brexit doesn’t work. “After two years of denial and escapism – he replies – we have to face the hard truth of the facts: Brexit doesn’t work. It has weakened our economy, torn internal unity (among the nations of the Kingdom), belittled our reputation”. Something which, according to him, can still be “remedied” only on condition of restoring “a greater alignment with our European neighbours, of turning from this hard and extreme Brexit to a manageable version that is at the service of our economy and our population”: a turning point which should include “a pragmatic debate on the benefits of the single market and the customs union”.
Moreover, the polls indicate a growing disappointment among His Majesty’s subjects on the results and the failed promises of the separation. Sentiment shared in this time of crisis even by a relative majority of voters in favor of divorce in 2016, according to a latest survey. And for which some media and analysts have already coined a neologism, “Bregret”, a portmanteau between Brexit and regret: which in English means ‘repentance’.
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