In Ñspel: The Guardian view of Brexit: a tragic national error

‘This is a country divided over Europe. We were divided in the past and we will be divided in the future. Getting Brexit done is a fantasy.’ Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
‘Ɖs z a cuntri dvîdd ovr Yṛp. W wr dvîdd in ɖ past n w wl b dvîdd in ɖ fyćr. Gtñ Brexit dn z a fanṭsi.’ Foṭgraf: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy v Brexit: a trajic naśnl err

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 31 December 2020)

Britn z nǎ ǎt v ɖ YY. Bt ɖs z a de v sadnis, nt v glori, fr w śl olwz b part v Yṛp

31 Dsmbr 2020, 23.00 Grenij Mīn Tîm

“N  ɖ ansr z – w’r ǎt.” For n a haf yirz hv pást sins ɖ BBC’z Devid Dimblbi pṛnǎnst ɖ rzult v Britn’z YY ref̣rendm. At 11pm on 31 Dsmbr, hiz wrdz bcem fîṇli n fetf̣li tru. Ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm z nǎ no longr part v ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn or subjict t its rūlz. W hv clozd ɖ dor n wōct awe. W r on ǎr ǒn. W’r ǎt.

Fr mni in Britn, it z a glorịs de. Dparćr fṛm ɖ YY, fr ɖoz hu wontd it, z a momnt v indipndns rgend, sovṛnti rclemd, n v tecñ bac cntrol. Ɖe hop it wl swīp ɖ Yṛpiyn arğmnt ǎt v Britiś lîf. Ɖe wont it t b, in ɖ prim̦inistr’z wrdz, “a ny ćaptr in ǎr naśnl stori”, ɖ flfilmnt v “ɖ sovrin wś v ɖ Britiś ppl t liv undr ɖer ǒn lwz, md bî ɖer ǒn ilectd parḷmnt”.

Fr uɖrz, 1 Jańri z simpli a momnt v rlif. Ɖ Brexit worz hv lastd et loñ yirz, fṛm ɖ momnt Devid Camṛn cmitd ɖ Cnsrvtivz t a ref̣rendm in Jańri 2013. Īvn Brexit’s iclips bî Covid in 2020 cd nt privnt Yṛp’s rtrn t ɖ hedlînz az 2021 aproćt n ɖ posbiḷti v a no-dīl dparćr agn lūmd. On ɖs, bʈ Boris Jonsn n Cir Starmr spouc az wn on Wenzde. Ɖz arğmnts, ɖe bʈ sd, r ovr.

In wn sns, ɖe r rît. P’liticl partiz mst lc fwd, nt bac. In anɖr sns ɖe r pṛfǎndli roñ. Ɖs z a de v sadnis. Britn’z dparćr rmenz a trajic naśnl err. W hv xpeld ǎrslvz fṛm a yńn ɖt wz gd fr ɖs cuntri n ɖ wrld. Ɖ rǒl v ɖ anti-Yṛpiyn pres in mcñ ɖs hapn wz dsîsiv, so it z smhǎ fitñ ɖt a guvnmnt léd bî jrṇlists hz slamd ɖ dor. Bt at līst ɖ YY cn no longr b blemd fr ǎr cntinywñ tnśnz, iniqoḷtiz n fełrz v guvnns.

Ɖz tnśnz canot b majict awe. Brexit wz opozd bî mjoṛtiz in Scotḷnd, Norɖn Îrḷnd, n Lundn n uɖr sitiz, az wel az bî most yuñ ppl n most grajụts. Nn v ɖt z gwñ t ćenj, ẃtvr ɖ ovr-ol mjoṛti vrdict wz in 2016 n hvr tîrd v ɖ arğmnt w ol me b. Ɖs z a cuntri dvîdd ovr Yṛp. W wr dvîdd in ɖ past n w wl b dvîdd in ɖ fyćr. Gtñ Brexit dn z a fanṭsi. It z a s’pozd s’lūśn ɖt onli criets ny historic probḷmz.

In 2016, mni v ɖ most fnaticl Brexitrz hopt ɖ YC’z dparćr wd trigr ɖ YY’z brecup. Yt tū v ɖ most strîcñ consiqnsz v ɖ vot wr ɖ yṇti v ɖ YY27 in ɖ fes v Brexit cmperd wɖ ɖ growñ disyṇti v ɖ YC4 ovr ɖ iśu. Ɖ brecup v Britn rɖr ɖn ɖ YY z nǎ ɖ mor lîcli prospect. It wd b a teṛbl prîs t pe. Bt ɖ dluźnz ɖt féd n fostrd Brexit stl hv mć v ɖ Cnsrvtiv parti n pres in ɖer grip, az a numbr v glǒtñ spīćz fṛm ɖ Tori bnćz on Wenzde indcetd.

T’rīza Me’z wornñ fṛm ɖoz bnćz pozd a far mor riyl qsćn. W mst nvr alǎ ǎrslvz t ʈnc ɖt sovṛnti mīnz îṣleśnizm or xpśṇlizm, sd Msz Me. W liv in an inṭcnctd wrld, ś add. In sm wez Mr. Jonsn sīmz t unḍstand ɖs. Hiz Comnz spīć spouc v Britn az “ɖ bst frend n alî ɖ YY cd hv”, ẃć phps marct a ćenj v ton. Bt ɖ muvmnt h līdz z nt inṭrestd in alaynsz or compṛmîzz. It fīdz of fanṭsiz v gretnis, ẃć Mr. Jonsn constntli induljz. It feṭli cnfyzz sovṛnti wɖ pǎr.

Brexit z dn – bt it z nt ovr. In ɖ mīdịm trm it līvz bhnd ol manr v sorsz v fyćr conflict fr Britiś poḷtics. Ɖz includ ɖ fîn print v ɖ agrīmnt (ignord oltgɖr in Wenzde’z paṛdi v a scrūṭniproses), ny iṃgreśncntrolz, ɖ menṭnns v reğletri alînmnt, ɖ steṭs v srvis inḍstriz, fiśñ, axes t deṭbesz, dfnscooṗreśn n, phps abv ol, ɖ ambigẏs ples v Norɖn Îrḷnd wɖn ɖ dīl. Ol v ɖz r iṭreśnz v a dīpr truʈ: ɖt w śl nvr sīs t b Yṛpiynz n wl nvr sīs t ingej wɖ Yṛp.

In hiz novl Ɖ Ston Raft, ɖ Porćgīz raitr José Saramago imajinz ɖ Îbirịn pninsyla brecñ fizicli awe fṛm Yṛp at ɖ Piṛnīz n driftñ acrs ɖ wrld’z ośnz in a frūtlis srć fr a ny hom. Tde, Britn cn fīl a bit lîc a meṭforicl ston raft tù. Xpt ɖt ɖ riyl Britn wl rmen ancrd in prṗćuwti acrs ɖ Ćanl fṛm ɖ Yṛpiyn continnt, its pplz, icoṇmiz n culćrz, v ẃć w śl olwz b part – n t ẃć w hop wn de, in sm we, t rtrn.

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