One might have some sympathy for Boris Johnson’s dismissal of Theresa May’s Brexit plans as “deranged” if his own suggestions for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union were not equally insane. However, reading of this proposed multi-million euro withdrawal festival by the UK prime minister in The New European one can’t but help feel that maybe the former British foreign affairs secretary is on to something.
The prime minister has announced plans for a “festival of Brexit Britain” in a bid to quieten discontent from MPs at the start of Tory party conference.
The bizarre proposal – which is already earmarked to cost £120m – is said to have been inspired by the 1851 Great Exhibition during Queen Victoria’s reign, and also the post-war festival of Britain in 1951.
The prime minister has said the event would take place as the country goes through a period of “national renewal” as the UK looks to a future outside of the European Union.
May has claimed that the festival would showcase the best of the UK’s talent in business, technology, arts and sport, and hopes events will take place in every region, even those that voted against Brexit.
“What we need to do is build a bridge between our islands. Why don’t we? Why don’t we?
There is so much more we can do, and what grieves me about the current approach to Brexit is that we are just in danger of not believing in ourselves, not believing in Britain.”
One presumes that the proposed bridge between “our islands” will help facilitate the speedy movement of the invading British tanks come Anschluss Day…