Yet another example of the deranged thinking, the paranoia and suspicion, the chauvinism and supremacism, fuelling the war-obsessed Brexit movement in the United Kingdom, this time from the tabloid newspaper columnist and author Tony Parsons writing in The Sun:
Theresa May’s lousy Brexit deal has little chance of making its way past Parliament.
Even if “just getting on with it” means our country — not invaded for 1,000 years — becomes a colony of Brussels.
The British people are sick of being BULLIED.
…we are sick of being bullied by Brussels.
From the first to the last, our “friends and partners” in Brussels have treated this country with sneering disrespect.
Even when they come from countries where they would be speaking German if it wasn’t for our fathers and grandfathers.
May’s lousy stinking deal would leave us shackled to the European Union but with no say on how that incompetent, job-shredding empire is run.
President Emmanuel Macron, that numpty Napoleon…
The thuggish Martin Selmayr, the EU’s chief Brit-hating bureaucrat…
But who do you think you are kidding, Mister Selmayr, if you think this old country’s done?
I just can’t believe that this proud, free nation will bend the knee and capitulate to Brussels.
I can’t believe we will cravenly accept Nanny May’s warning that we must become an EU colony…
But I do know this is still a great country.
And nothing terrifies me more than being a colony of Brussels.
…Mrs May’s deal throws away freedoms that better men than me fought and died for.
They are bullying us.
And there will be more bullying to come — for decades, forever — if we do not stand up to them now.
But this nation has not waved the white flag for one thousand years.
Tell me — are we really going to start now?
These bellicose and conspiratorial opinions are not being posted by some far-right provocateur on an InfoWars-style website in the UK. They are being published by a mainstream journalist in a mainstream national newspaper in London with a readership numbering in the millions. Which partly explains why a sizable chunk of the “Greater England” electorate seems to have passed a point of no return as far as the European Union is concerned. And why a British Brexit, at least for this generation of voters, on the basis of the draft withdrawal agreement is now the only viable option for all sides.