It has been revealed today that a group backed by Soros, Best for Britain, is aiming to contradict any deal Theresa May strikes with Brussels, arguing it is ‘not what we voted for’.
Calling for wealthy donors to give to his cause, it is envisaged that billionaire has backed a plan that will claim Brexit puts national security at risks, result in funding cuts to local councils and that leave voters rejected Westminster not Brussels.
The campaign is likely to consist of an advertising blitz, social media, a speaking tour by leading Labour Remainers and local campaigning.
Whilst one of course can’t help and admire these campaigners for their commitment to a cause that seemed to be settled nearly two years ago, one has to question what impact it may have.
Brexit indicated an interesting schism in Britain; one where it seemed that those in Westminster, major universities and the City of London had seemed to almost completely lose touch with the remainder of Britain.
Writing in The Guardian, one of the countries most well-respected journalists, Ian Jack, wrote that “the neglected suddenly discovered they could use their EU referendum vote to get back at those who had never listened to their grievances.”
What Mr Soros must remember is that so much of the Brexit vote was about the fact that the wealthy political and academic classes had benefitted from the mechanisms of the European Union. Brexit was a way of rejecting these people and their agenda. Countless economists, politicians, academics and diplomats warned the British people against Brexit and yet the vote still occurred. This is for many, many reasons but chiefly among them were that the British people felt ignored by un-elected officials in Brussels, ivory tower academics and even their own politicians.
Mr Soros is merely reiterating the reasons why these people voted in the first place. As Richard Tice, of the pro-Breixt group Leave Means Leave has indicated:
“George Soros, the billionaire who does not live in the UK, will stop at nothing with his elitist friends to stop Brexit, deceitfully masking their plans as a people’s vote.”
This group may need to be careful what they wish for and fully consider the consequences of what may happen. This is a country deeply divided over this issue. It raises a passion in people not felt before. The people who voted to leave, who are often told they didn’t know what they were voting for, may rebel against condescension by the likes of Soros. Such a crucial part of the Brexit vote was bringing back control to them and to their government.
It would simply be unwise to try and completely ignore the first vote, only further divisions in this schism would show and a result would be a more divided United Kingdom.