An anti-Brexit protester holds a placard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
An anti-Brexit protester holds a placard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The most interesting thing about the Brexit chaos in the UK is the way people, who are assumed to be logical, are prepared to not only defend the indefensible but do so virulently against all logic.

Yes, while that is an observation made in SA where the abused public continues to vote for the ANC, how can it be in the mother of democracy?

For instance, the argument from the Brexiteers against a second referendum is that “the people have spoken” and to vote again would be anti-democratic. This despite the fact that it is clear that both sides were either ill-informed, not fully informed or maliciously lied to; that there have been more than two years of factual disclosures; and that the damaging type of Brexit under consideration was never put to the electorate. 

The most bizarre elements of this stance are: one, the reason that the Brexiteers are against another referendum can only be because they fear the outcome will be against them; and two, while they think it is acceptable to put the government’s rejected deal to the vote twice or even three times within days when nothing had changed, they argue against putting the EU question to the electorate again when everything has changed in the two years since the first flawed vote. 

Naturally, a decision in the interest of the country instead of one in the interest of the party, is too much to ask of politicians. But if they were a board of directors faced with a project that could never come to fruition and had become harmful to the company and its shareholders, it would be dumped regardless of sunk costs and injured feelings. 

Sydney Kaye
Cape Town