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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Forget curtains and cash – Johnson’s legacy will be the bitter taste of Brexit

An anti-Brexit protester holds a placard after Boris Johnson drove past to attend prime minister’s questions on Wednesday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
An anti-Brexit pṛtstr holdz a placard aftr Boris Jonsn drouv past t atnd prim̦inistr’z qsćnz on Wenzde. Foṭgraf: Mát Dunm/AP

Fget crtnz n caś – Jonsn’z leġsi wl b ɖ bitr test v Brexit

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 30 April 2021)

Ɖ prim̦inistr hz impeṛld pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, n evri de ɖ ic̣nomic fōlǎt wrsnz

Poli Tônbi, 30 Epril 2021

Amd sliṗjz, losz, vaṇśñ invstmnts n xportdrops, ɖ drip, drip v Brexit damij nvr stops. I c’lect xamplz evri wīc, az f picñ p spent mortŗǎndz fṛm a batlfīld. On Wenzde, it wz 450 jobz lost az carparts mańfacćrr Tôoda Gosei priperz t śut facṭriz in Roɖṛm n Swonzi, n rīḷcet t ɖ Ćeh Rpublic.

A breʈtecñ £800 rol v gold wōlpepr dstracts ǎr î. A prim̦inistr hu cōzd tnz v ʈǎzndz v bodiz t pîl hî, ẃl apaṛntli fixñ taxz fr palz n contracts fr croniz, hz ǎr îz ǎt on stōcs. Nwn nz hǎ dīp in sluri Boris Jonsn cn snc n stl swim ǎt.

Bt hisṭri wl record wn gret p’liticl crîm abv ol ɖ uɖrz, hiz tōdri dsoṇstiz mir iluṃneśnz rnd its éjz. Ɖ dlinqnt hu mișold Brexit t haf ɖ neśn wɖ a stardust v fōls proṃsz t s’kr himslf ɖ ʈron wl līv bhnd ɖ Brexit brec̣jz loñ aftr h hz gn.

Ɖ most sirịs so far z impeṛlñ pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, az Arlīn Fostr z bròt dǎn bî Brexit’s imposbl contṛdix́nz. Ɖr wr wornñz: tū formr prim̦inistrz spouc in Deri jst bfr ɖ reḟrendm, ẃn Toni Bler sd ɖr “wd hv t b ćecs btwn Norɖn Îrḷnd n ɖ rest v ɖ YC, ẃć wd b plenli un’xptbl”, ẃl Jon Mejr wornd v a “historic mstec” ɖt wd dīsteḅlîz ɖ Gd Frîde agrīmnt. Bt Fostr, an ardnt Brexitr, dsmist ɖs az a “dīpli ofnsiv” rmen scer stori.

Ɖ DYP’s imposbl Brexit stans wl b inheṛtd bî ẃćvr unluci canddet s’xidz hr. Ẃ bac Brexit ẃn Norɖn Îrḷnd wz agnst it n ɖ bordr dlema flaśt a red wornñ? Ẃ bac Boris Jonsn ẃn, v cors, h wd rat on hr wɖ hiz YC-splitñ proṭcol? Ẃ dd’nt ɖ DYP dmand ɖ hol YC ste in ɖ sngl marcit?

Yńnists, lîc tù mni Brítnz, wr bgîld bî ɖt majic wrd sovṛnti: ẃt îṛni ɖt it me nǎ brec ɖ yńn. V ɖs, Jonsn n hiz recñcru ń nʈñ n cerd les. Ɖr wz olwz Cet Hǒi, dǎti yńnist, t cīp proṃsñ: “Brexit w’nt hrt Norɖn Îrḷnd at ol – instd it wl brîtn its fyćr.” Nǎ, in rpost, pṛtstñ agnst ɖ proṭcol, ś clemz ɖt “Norɖn Îrḷnd hz nt got Brexit”.

Jst so. Nwn hz got ẃtvr Brexit ɖe imajind bcz nn wz evr paḷtbl or vaybl. Ɖt wz ɖ craftinis v ɖ līvrz: ɖe nvr sd ẃt cnd v Brexit, bcz eni vrśn wz a cilr. So hir w r wɖ ɖ wrst v ol Brexit dīlz. Nxt wīc’s ilex́nz in Scotḷnd lc srtn t dlivr a naśṇlist mjoṛti: ɖ mor rpeḷnt ɖ Wsminstr Cnsrṿtivz, ɖ mor apilñ Holirūd indipndns. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn parḷmnt indorst Brexit ɖs wīc, Scotiś culćṛl līdrz begd MYPz t welcm Scotḷnd bac intu ɖ YY.

Ɖs wīc līdñ YC arts orġnîześnz rout t Jonsn cōlñ on him t fix ɖ vīza, custmz n wrc-prmit crîsis ɖt privnts ɖm turñ in ɖ YY, pṛvîdñ rnñz ɖe nīd t svîv. Jonsn promist ɖm last munʈ ɖt h wd “fix ɖs”, bt h c’nt “fix” ʈñz, az evri sectr fṛm fiś n fnans t bale begz fr sm “speśl dīl”. Ɖr z no fineġlñ hiz hard Brexit: it’s ɖ sem dīl evri ʈrd cuntri gts. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn cmiśn’z prezidnt, Ursula von der Leyen, strest: “Feʈfl implimnteśn z isnśl.” No wundr ɖ YY parḷmnt add a reẓluśn ɖs wīc rcordñ Brexit az a “historic mstec”.

No big bañz so far, bt Brexit sîḷntli heṃrijz pǎr n muni: far mor ɖn ɖ £350m a wīc on ɖ infṃs bus z lost olrdi, Prof Nîjl Drifīld v Woric Biznișcūl tlz m: £1.3tn olrdi fled fṛm ɖ Siti, ẃl “ɖ dscǎntñ v gílts sins ɖ reḟrendm z wrʈ a hol bus”. JP Morgn’z ĆXO tlz śerholdrz ɖt YY sitiz r tecñ ovr Lundn biznis, n ɖt “Yṛp hz ɖ upr hand”.

Vast lost inwd invstmnt gz unricordd: Prnil Rudlin, a līdñ cnsultnt on Jaṗnīz biznis, tlz m: “Ɖ YC z atractñ fywr ny cumṗniz fṛm Jpan ɖn uɖr cuntriz in Yṛp sins Brexit. Bfr 2016, ɖ YC wz ɖ numbr wn desṭneśn fr Jaṗnīz invstmnt in Yṛp.”

Yesṭde, ɖ Comnz invîrnmnt, fūd n rṛl aferz cmiti cnfrmd ɖ woz v fiśñ n farmñ, az YY imports flud in ẃl YC xports r stuc, wornñ ɖt “bizṇsz wl rīḷcet activti t ɖ YY or stop xportñ t Yṛp”.

Ɖs wīc, tù, Mc YC, reprizntñ mańfacćrrz, rspondd t ofiśl figrz śowñ profits at ɖer lǒist fr mor ɖn a deced, blemñ a “ynīc coctel v srcmstansz” mldñ Covid wɖ Brexit. T tec jst wn xampl, Jemz Grīnm, maṇjñd’rectr v medicl-iqipmnt mcr EMS Fizio, sz h z peyñ a fortyn in ny xportñcosts, n luzñ custmrz: a Swīdiś cumṗni, fîndñ ʈri-de dlivriz arîvñ for wīcs lêt, hz trnd t anɖr s’playr in ɖ Neɖrḷndz. H grits hiz tīʈ in iṛteśn at guvnmnt adz telñ him t tred wɖ Mx̣co instd – ẃr, h sz, ɖr r hyj reğletri hrdlz. “W wr sold a lî.” Evri wīc I c’lect rīmz v ɖz têlz.

Wōlpepr n lîz me brñ Jonsn dǎn, bt Brexit z ɖ crîm agnst ɖ cuntri fr ẃć h wl b fr evr dámd. Rayts n ɖ fōl v Arlīn Fostr impeṛl ɖ pīs agrīmnt in Îrḷnd, n ɖ YC’z brecup z on a nîf éj. A nesṣri trigr wl cm t hand sn fr Lebr t līd ɖ ćarj agnst ɖ bad Brexit dīl. In hiz wîld rant at prim̦inistr’z qsćnz, Jonsn akzd Lebr v votñ agnst it, n mni wś it hd – ɖo btwn a roc n a hard ples, no dīl wz’nt an opśn. Wel bfr ɖ nxt ilex́n, Lebr wl līd ɖ cōz v gîdñ Britn twdz a rtrn t ɖ sngl marcit, n ɖ sefr hêvn v a Norwe s’lūśn.

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In Ñspel: The Guardian view on the future of the union: Britain faces breakup

A demonstration calling for Scottish independence in Glasgow on 31 January 2020. There has been majority support in Scotland for breaking away from the UK in 17 successive opinion polls. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images
A demnstreśn cōlñ fr Scotiś indipndns in Glazgo on 31 Jańri 2020. Ɖr hz bn mjoṛtis’port in Scotḷnd fr brecñ awe fṛm ɖ YC in 17 s’xesiv opińnpoulz. Foṭgraf: Andi Bycann/AFP via Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ fyćr v ɖ yńn: Britn fesz brecup

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 29 December 2020)

Ɖ comḅneśn v Boris Jonsn, Covid n Brexit z crietñ a consttyśnl craś ɖt z wêtñ t hapn in 2021

29 Dsmbr 2020

Ɖ  Covid yir hz intnṣfaid ptnṣ́li trminl strenz wɖn ɖ YC’z for-neśn yńn. Ẃn Boris Jonsn bgan t grapl wɖ ɖ sirịsnis v ɖ ǎtbrec, ɖ impact on ɖ yńn wz probbli lo on hiz list v cnsrnz. Bt, az 2021 becnz, Mr Jonsn’z aproć t Covid hz bcm a caṭlist v ɖ poṣbl brecup v ɖ Ynîtd Cñdm. Covid’z most lastñ p’liticl leġsi in ɖz îḷndz me b ɖt, in its aftrmaʈ, ɖ YC wl no longr xist.

Ẃn ɖ pandemic bgan, Mr Jonsn sīmd t asym ɖt h wz actñ fr ɖ hol v ɖ YC. H graɉli dscuvrd ɖt, az far az Covid wz cnsrnd, ɖs wz untru. In practis, h wz ɖ prîm̦inistr onli v Ñgḷnd. Hlʈpoḷsi hd bn dvolvd sins 1919 in Scotḷnd, n hz bn undr ɖ cntrol v dvolvd admiṇstreśnz in Scotḷnd, Wêlz n Norɖn Îrḷnd sins Toni Bler’z ira. N sins ol ʈri dvolvd neśnz n most Ñgliś sitiz wr léd bî non-Cnsrvtiv poḷtiśnz wɖ ɖer ǒn vyz v hǎ t dīl wɖ Covid in ɖer eriaz, n wɖ no luv fr Mr Jonsn’z poḷtics in most cesz, c’roṇvîṛs dsiźn-mcñ hz strugld t rīć a cnsnss, t ɖ jenṛl detrimnt.

Mr Jonsn berz hevi rsponsbiḷti fr ɖs. Bt a secnd rīzn wz ɖt Scotḷnd’z naśṇlist guvnmnt, ẃć wonts t brec p ɖ YC, briłntli sizd an oṗtyṇti t emf̣sîz its cntrol v Covid poḷsi. Ɖ Scotiś Naśnl parti frst ministr, Nic̣la Strjn, bgan reğlr Covid brīfñz on 20 Marć. Ś hz sins dn mor ɖn 150 v ɖm. Hr brīfñz hv mostli bn modlz v facćl akṛsi, snṣbl advîs n cōśn. Ɖ contrast wɖ Mr Jonsn’z inṭmitnt n smtmz hîṗbolic n err-strùn brīfñz hz bn in evri we t Mz Strjn’z p’liticl advantij. Last munʈ, an Ipsos Mori poul faund ɖt Mz Strjn hd a net apruvlretñ v plus 61 amñ Scots fr hr hanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic, ẃl Mr Jonsn hd a net retñ v mîṇs 43. Ɖr hz bn mjoṛtis’port in Scotḷnd fr brecñ awe fṛm ɖ YC in 17 s’xesiv opińnpoulz.

Dstñtiv paɖz

Ɖ comḅneśn v Mz Strjn’z hî profîl n ɖ riaḷtiz v hlʈpoḷsi dīṿluśn hz hd consiqnsz in Wêlz n Norɖn Îrḷnd, n īvn at Ñgliś locl levl tù. Marc Drecf̣d hz nt atmtd t eḿlet hiz Scotiś cǎnṭpart’s dêli cntrol v ɖ mīdịmesij. Bt ɖ Wlś frst ministr hz olso foloud hiz ǒn dstñtiv paʈ, tecñ sm radicli difṛnt n mor cōśs dsiźnz, n aqîrñ in ɖ cors v ɖ pandemic a hayr public profîl, in n ǎtsd Wêlz, ɖn hiz prīdisesrz. Norɖn Îrḷnd’z pǎrśẹrñ mīnz its frst ministr, Arlīn Fostr v ɖ Deṃcratic Yńnist parti, hz t śer a platform wɖ hr oponnt, Sinn Féin’z Miśél O’Nīl, n z ɖrfr unebl t aćiv a similr asndnsi. Nvɖles, Norɖn Îrḷnd, lîc Wêlz n Scotḷnd, hz at tîmz vri pubḷcli dvrjd fṛm Ñgliś meźrz. Mr Jonsn’z lezi libterịnizm n śemfl lêtnis t act hv fy ecoz ǎtsd Ñgḷnd.

Covid cd nǎ b ɖ strw ɖt brecs ɖ yńn’z bac, ispeṣ́li in Scotḷnd. Bt Covid poḷsi z nt ɖ mn rīzn ẃ ɖ fyćr v ɖ yńn z nǎ so unsrtn. Mni uɖr factrz lî bhnd ɖs crîsis. Ɖ most importnt z simpli ɖ sstend asndnsi v ɖ SNP in Scotḷnd. F ɖ parti winz a forʈ s’xesiv Holirūd vicṭri in Me n clemz a mandet fr a ny indipndnsref̣rendm, it wd snd ɖ yńn’z streslevl intu ɖ criticl zon. F Scotḷnd ivnć̣li brouc awe, ɖr wd b mejr consiqnsz in Norɖn Îrḷnd, n fr ɖ rleśnśp btwn Wêlz n Ñgḷnd.

Brexit hz pleid a piṿtl rǒl in crietñ ɖs voḷtîl mix. Ɖ vot in 2016 t līv ɖ Yṛpiyn Yńn wz an Ñgliś n Wlś vot. Nɖr Scotḷnd nr Norɖn Îrḷnd votd t līv. Scotḷnd, in ptiklr, votd dsîsivli t rmen. Yt aftr 2016, nɖr T’rīza Me nr Mr Jonsn peid inuf atnśn t īzñ ɖ pen fr Scotḷnd. YC brincmnśp in ɖs yir’z tredtōcs wɖ ɖ YY hz md an olrdi larj gap btwn ɖ YC n Scotḷnd īvn wîdr. Ɖ YY27’z yṇti jrñ ɖ tōcs cntrastd wɖ ɖ UK4’z intrnl disyṇti. Brexit’s impact in Norɖn Îrḷnd hz olso bn pṛfǎnd, rzultñ in a dīpnd clos ic̣nomic rleśnśp wɖ ɖ Îriś Rpublic, n ɖus ɖ YY sngl marcit, ẃl Mz Fostr n Mz O’Nīl pl in opozñ d’rex́nz ovr ɖ linc wɖ Britn.

Sntṛlist yńnizm

Ẃn Mr Jonsn bcem prîm̦inistr in 2019, h gev himslf ɖ tîtl v “ministr fr ɖ yńn”. Ɖr hz bn ziro evidns in hiz hanḍlñ v Brexit ɖt h tecs ɖs t mīn ɖ adopśn v a mor imołnt aproć. Instd, Mr Jonsn’z yńnizm hz pruvd mor sntṛlist n les pragmatic ɖn ɖ yńnizm v hiz tū Tori prīdisesrz, Devid Camṛn n Msz Me. T Mr Jonsn, ɖ Brexit slogn v “tec bac cntrol” trnzlets intu a project ɖt emz t rībild a Wsminstr-sntrd YC sovṛnti, nt, az Cir Starmr advcetd last wīc, a poḷsi v pśñ mor pǎrz ǎt n dǎn fṛm Wsminstr t ɖ YC neśnz or t Ñgliś rījnz n sitiz.

Mr Jonsn’z aproć z crietñ a craś wêtñ t hapn. H md hiz riyl vyz startlñli clir ẃn h tld a prîṿt mītñ v ɖ “blu wōl” Cnsrvtiv MPz in Nvmbr ɖt dīṿluśn hd bn “a dzastr norʈ v ɖ bordr” n ɖt ɖ 1997 dīṿluśnsetlmnt wz Toni Bler’z “bigist mstec”. Cmñ six munʈs bfr sć importnt Holirūd ilex́nz, ɖs wz an insnjri ʈñ t se, az wel az a slf-inflictd wūnd fr ɖ Tōriz n a Crisṃs gift t ɖ SNP. Mr Jonsn’z coments abt a dīṿluśn dzastr canot b laft awe az an idịsncratic Jonsońn axidnt. Ɖ coments xprest ẃt h riyli ʈncs.

Ɖ rli munʈs v 2021 wl cntiny t b doṃnetd bî Covid. Bt ɖ iminnt xistnśl crîsis fr ɖ yńn śd nt b oṿlct. Mr Jonsn apirz confidnt ɖt h cn s’xesf̣li rfyz t oʈ̇rîz a secnd ref̣rendm in ɖ fes v a dmand fr wn fṛm Mz Strjn. Bt ɖr me nt b az mć aṗtît fr undeṃcratic objṛsi az h s’pozz.

F Mr Jonsn wz a difṛnt cnd v poḷtiśn, h wd lisn t ẃt Mr Starmr sd last wīc abt rnywñ ɖ yńn, or ẃt Gordn Brǎn hz bn seyñ abt rībildñ cnsnt ʈru sitiznz’ asmbliz wɖ a wîd rīmit t riimajin Britn’z consttyśnl arenjmnts. A lot v poḷtiśnz fṛm ol partiz, includñ ɖ Cnsrvtivz, r opn t ɖs. Ɖ big qsćn z ẃɖr ɖ votrz v Scotḷnd r opn t it tù. Bt ɖr z litl tîm left. Ɖ ćans v rform me hv sêld wɖ Brexit. Ɖ tasc v of̣rñ Scots an oltrṇtiv yńn ɖt ɖe cn b’liv in nxt Me z olrdi dǎn t ɖ wîr.

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