Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The scale of the coronavirus crisis exposes how pointless the Brexit cause is

‘The downsides of EU membership were too banal to justify the bellicose frenzy against it. ‘ Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/AP
‘Ɖ dǎnsîdz v YY membrśp wr tù bnal t jusṭfî ɖ beḷcos frenzi agnst it.’ Foṭgraf: Alberto Petzali/AP
Ɖ scel v ɖ c’roṇvîṛs-crîsis xpozz hǎ pôntlis ɖ Brexit cōz z

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 1 April 2020)

Brex̣tirz’ wor on imajinri ʈrets nǎ lcs p’rocịl n slf-induljnt – hisṭri me juj ɖm harśli

Rafel Bér

Wnzde, 1 Epril 2020

Ɖs mt nt fīl lîc ɖ momnt t g on abt Brexit, bt Brexit gz on ẃɖr w r fīlñ it or nt. Ẃn ppl r wurid abt svîvñ Epril, Dsmbr’z dedlîn fr YY tredtōcs sīmz a loñ we of. Covid-19 me hv iclipst oldr probḷmz, bt ɖe wl nt solv ɖmslvz in its śado.

Ɖ dziz hz hōltd ngośieśnz n infctd ɖ līd-ngośietrz. Ol Ẃîthōl cpaṣti z biyñ spent on ɖ imīɉt crîsis. Boris Jonsn hz no tîm fr Brexit. F h dd, h mt wont t practis sm sośl distnsñ fṛm ɖ îdīa.

S’poz fr a momnt ɖt Britn hd nt olrdi cmitd t qitñ ɖ sngl marcit. Ɖen imajin ɖ guvnmnt ćuzñ ɖ pīc v a pandemic t plan ny obstrux́nz fr gdz flowñ btwn ɖ YC n Yṛp. Picćr Riśi Sŭnac, wunderkind ćanslr, xplenñ ẃ s’plîćenz mst b dsruptd n frix́n add at Ćanl ports. Pondr ministrz selñ ɖ îdīa v a custmzbordr btwn mênḷnd Britn n Norɖn Îrḷnd – sand in ɖ ẃīlz v rcuṿri, plus sōlt in ɖ wūndz v hisṭri. Pićt ɖt we, az a postvîṛl conṿlesnștraṭji, ɖ YC’z Brexit tṛjectri z absrd. Jonsn’z bst-ces s’nario – a “Caṇda-stîl” dīl – proṃsz onli śoc t a dbiḷtetd sistm.Īvn bfr c’roṇvîṛs, ɖ Dsmbr dedlîn lct fansifl. Trnziśnl arenjmnts cn b xtndd f a rqst z md in Bruslz bî ɖ end v Jūn bt Dǎnñ Strīt dnîz ʈncñ v sć a ʈñ. Ɖ ofiśl lîn stresz ɖt ɖ cuṛnt tîmtebl z inśrînd in lw, az f t implî ɖt it canot b ćenjd.

It cn, bt onli wɖ parḷmnt’s pmiśn, n ɖ prîm ministr z in no huri t asc hiz MPz. Sivl srvnts n sm sīńr Tōriz ʈnc h hz no ćôs, bt ɖe si lojic in līvñ it t ɖ last minit. Ɖ crîsis wl gt wrs bfr it īzz, n ɖ frɖr Jonsn marćz hiz parti dǎn ɖs gruwlñ rod, ɖ mor v its unwīldi îdịlojicl bagij gts dscardd. A fy mor wīcs v locdǎn n Brexit hardlînrz mt b pswedd t rubrstamp a secnd yir v trnziśn, gvn ɖt ɖ frst wn wl b lost t sicnis.

Covid-19 hz olrdi ravijd cnsrvtiv orʈ̇doxi, pṛvocñ ic̣nomic inṭvnśn on a scel unimajind bî eni ćanslr in rīsnt hisṭri. Fiscl diṣplin z gn, ẃl ɖ ny stetbosinis abt prîṿt bhevyr mcs libterịn Tōriz sqrm. Yroscepṭsizm hz nt yt bn compṛmîzd in ɖ sem we, bt ɖt dz’nt mīn it z iḿn.

Ɖr r rli simtmz v dscumf̣t in ɖ guvnmnt’s cnfyzd rspons t a jônt Yṛpiyn tndr fr imrjnsi medicl iqipmnt. Nu. 10 sd it hd nt tecn part bcz v Brexit, ɖen ćenjd its stori. Ɖe clem an īmeil-invteśn hd bn míst. Bt ofiślz hd noun v ɖ scīm fr munʈs. Bî sm combneśn v aṛgns n incompitns ɖ guvnmnt xcludd itslf fṛm wn pìs v Yṛpiyn cooṗreśn ɖt nwn cd rīzṇbli dnǎns az a compṛmîz on sovṛnti.

Ɖt mstec dz’nt yt cari a p’liticl penlti. Dītelz v ẃt ɖ YY acć̣li dz hz nvr mć xîtd public opińn, xpt ẃn it cn b caric̣ćrd az an afrunt t culćṛl ōtoṇmi. Bt ɖ rj t cut evri fîbr v evri ʈred ɖt bîndz ɖ YC t Yṛp z olso a mnoṛti-cmpulśn. Jonsn’z ilectṛl mandet wz t gt Brexit dn, mnli so ɖt sweti Yṛpiyn dbets mt b reḷgetd bac t ɖer prīref̣rendm pziśn on ɖ p’liticl frinjz. F ɖ prîm ministr nǎ dsîdd ɖt ɖ smōl print nīdd amndmnt I dǎt ɖr wd b upror. F ɖr z wn prsn in Britn ceṗbl v srvñ hard Brex̣tirz smʈñ softr ẃl clemñ ɖ test z ɖ sem, Jonsn z ɖt man.

In ɖ longr trm, ivnts hv a we v pruvñ evrwn rît in ɖer ǒn imaɉneśn. Pro-Yṛpiynz wl si ɖ pandemic az conf̣meśn ɖt modn ʈrets nǒ no bordrz, n ɖt cooṗreśn on a conṭnntl scel z ɖ inevitbl s’lūśn. Yṛsceptics wl pônt t ɖ prîṃsi v naśnl rsponsz in evri cuntri t argy ɖt ɖ plot fr a fedṛl sūṗstet gz agnst nećr’z gren. Ć sîd wl fînd evidns t s’port ɖer vy. Ɖ crîsis ofrz xamplz v cros-bordr soḷdaṛti n naśṇlist slf-îṣleśn.

It hz demnstretd ɖ lojic v conṭnntl cooṗreśn n probd conṭnntl fōltlînz. Ɖr z rnyd tnśn wɖn ɖ yṛzon bcz Jrmn n Duć taxpeyrz d’nt lîc unḍraitñ Itałn déts. Ɖr z dsme at Victr Orban yzñ ɖ clǒc v imrjnsipǎrz t suf̣cet ẃt deṃcratic spirit z left in Hunġri. Ɖ vîṛs wl olso b a śerd trōma ɖt mt, az in ɖ past, culṭvet ɖ sns v comn desṭni ɖt unḍpinz c’labṛtiv Yṛpiyn poḷtics.

YY strucćrz wl ivolv ʈru Covid-19, az wl ɖ caṛctr v ɖ Yṛpiyn project. Britn wl hv t dfîn its rleśnśps in ɖs ny contxt, olɖo plenti v ppl in Wsminstr wd rɖr rzym ɖ old dbet or pritnd ɖr z no dbet t b hd – ɖt campenreṭric fṛm 2019 ansrz qsćnz unasct bfr 2020.

Ɖ ʈñ cōld “Yṛp” ɖt hz doṃnetd Britiś poḷtics in rīsnt yirz z a crīćr v ɖ Yṛsceptic imaɉneśn, wɖ onli cartūn-rzmbḷns t ɖ riyl YY, aṇmetd bî xaɉreśn v pǎrz hld in Bruslz n paṛnoia abt ɖ we ɖe r wīldd.

Nǎ ɖt ɖ neśn fesz a trūli frîṭnñ menis it śd b obvịs ɖt YY membrśp nvr b’loñd in ɖt caṭgri. Ɖ dǎnsîdz wr tù bnal t jusṭfî ɖ beḷcos frenzi agnst it. Ɖ rīznz ppl gev fr seṗreśn hv nt gn awe, bt it gts hardr t mold ɖt cōz az ɖ stuf v naśnl glori. Iscepñ conṭnntl reğleśnz fr prosest fiś z nt in ɖ sem bracit az Aźincor n Duncrc.

Yṛsceptics wl clem vindceśn f c’roṇvîṛs plunjz ɖ YY intu an xistnśl crîsis, bt hisṭri mt olso juj ɖm harśli. Ɖe wejd a jeṇreśn-loñ batl agnst imajinri ʈrets, clemñ vicṭri on ɖ īv v mītñ a riyl wn. C’roṇvîṛs hz nt jst bumt Brexit dǎn ɖ p’liticl ajnda, it mcs ɖ hol project lc p’rocịl n slf-induljnt. Britn’z YY membrśp xpîrd on 31 Jańri, bt ɖ doctrin ɖt cast Yṛp az a naśnl aflix́n śd b berid alñsd it.

Rafel Bér z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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1 thought on “Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The scale of the coronavirus crisis exposes how pointless the Brexit cause is

  1. This is really interesting! From nothing but Brexit in the news, to nothing but Corona, makes Brexit look trivial. Much more than that, according to the writer of this article. Yes, there is always a bigger picture.

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