UK To Leave The EU – So Who Should We Blame?

It's the morning after the night before for many British people. That feeling of waking up and thinking - did I really tell that joke in the pub last night? Oh my goodness, I have this vague memory that I might have propositioned our HR Director.  Why are there four kebab boxes in the kitchen, don't remember eating those ....

Yes, we did really vote to leave the European Union. Despite the exit polls, the bookmakers throughout the process and the City all telling us that Remain was going to win, the Brexiteers got 52% of the vote and we're off. So, if you are in blame mode, who are the candidates?

Blame Angela Merkel for her open door attitude to refugees, which will go down as her big political mistake.

Blame most western governments, with the US top of the list,  for their total mishandling of the Middle-East in recent years, creating the refugee crisis and scaring many western European and UK citizens about the consequences.

Blame Cameron for calling the referendum as a political manoeuvre to win the last election / temporarily heal the divides in the Tory party (that really worked well, didn't it)?

Blame the "establishment" for a shocking lack of understanding of how millions of British people felt and showing a lack of empathy to valid issues and concerns around population growth, communities and jobs.

Blame Jeremy Corbyn for being half - no make that quarter - hearted about getting the Labour vote onside.

Blame elements of the  media, particularly for encouraging an unpleasant jingoism, not just in recent weeks but for many years.

Blame Nigel Farage and UKIP on the same score.

Blame George Osborne for his ridiculous "punishment budget" which may have lost votes rather than won them.

Blame those voters who saw this as a chance to kick Cameron rather than a vote about our country's future.

Blame Cameron (again) and the EU negotiators for not getting to some small concession on free movement that might well have been enough to tip the balance.

Blame everyone who didn't vote.

Blame the old people who saw this as settling old scores rather than about the future of their children and grandchildren.

Yes, there's going to be plenty of blame going around in the coming weeks, months and years. We will hear apocalyptic predictions - and plenty of rose-tinted views too. But life will go on, problems will get solved, businesses will find ways to make money, great art will be created, people will fall in love, have children and die. We'll look back maybe in 50 years and have some better view of whether this was a disastrous or a brilliant decision - or maybe in between. But for now, we can't really know, and all we can do is keep going.

And of course for procurement professionals , that means some hard work now to work out what this might mean for our organisations. Good luck! If nothing else, this is going to be a topic for many Spend Matters articles over the coming months.

Voices (4)

  1. Opportunist:

    Surely it is time for an enterprising technology provider to offer an optimisation platform for the great ‘Bilateral trade deal’ RFP? Every sic code becomes an item, every item has the UK baseline offer within the specification, countries / trade blocs can bundle, make volume-based offers, alternative offers – all of the good stuff. With round 1 complete, UK can re-lot, exclude disqualified bidders, give feedback…. you know how it works. Years of diplomatic negotiations conducted in a few months, with lots of downstream technology to assist the contracting / implementation.

    For a modest fee I can be available to configure this RFP 🙂

  2. Paul Wright:

    Its also a bit daft to try to get a lot of young people off the electoral register just before you want them to vote for you…

    Public sector procurement might be interesting for a while after we leave.
    Exchange rate volatility and potential,tariffs are going to make business procurement interesting.
    I look forward to the discussion

  3. Sam Unkim:

    Cameron, Cameron ,Cameron…

    No one voted based on the Brexit lies, we were just sick of the same, with no end in sight.

    Austerity, we were never “All in this together” and now ironically Camerons looking for a Job along with the guys n girls from Port Talbot & Cadburys & Citroen & Dagenham etc. etc..

    P.S. little tip – it’s a bit thick to take away housewives pensions in the months before a referendum

    1. Bitter and twisted:

      Well in that case i blame you.

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