20 November 2019 14:59
Peter Oborne Divulges Candid Reasons Behind Brexit Change Of Heart Journalist Peter Oborne admitted to James that he had made a mistaken analysis. Now he thinks that fellow Brexiteers must swallow their pride and think again. In the article published yesterday, Oborne cited that the economic arguments for Brexit have been "destroyed" by a series of shattering blows. He wrote that there's "zero chance of a sensible Brexit amidst the pandemonium and hysteria at Westminster just now" and argued that Britain's departure from the EU will be a disaster. On James O'Brien's show, Peter Oborne delved into the detail of precisely why he has had a change of heart over Brexit.
Amongst the principal reasons, Oborne cited an increased understanding of the Good Friday agreement and the multiple announcements by companies that they would move operations outside of Britain including Dyson, led by emblematic Brexiteer Sir James Dyson. Picture: LBC James pointed out that all of the above had already been predicted by multiple organisations, but despite this James admitted that Oborne's intelligence had moderated James' own fears with regards to Brexit. "I'm very happy to accept that I made mistakes in my analysis; I absolutely accept it and I take full responsibility", Oborne responded. Nevertheless, he went on to pinpoint a major change since his initial analysis - the collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), upon which the initial Brexiteer model was based. He explained that the rise of China and the US as protectionist blocs had led the WTO to become increasingly impotent, but that this had been previously unforseeable.
Peter Oborne, a columnist for the Daily Mail, has argued that the UK should take up the European Council President's offer of a year-long delay because he says that Brexit has "turned Britain into a laughing stock." Writing for Open Democracy, he talks of the "false prospectus" offered by the Brexiteers, and says that the UK should "grab kindly" the "offer of a year's sabbatical." He writes: "Suspending Brexit will be greatly preferable to the alternative. How many important decisions in our own lives, too, have had to be taken on such a chilly and unexciting consideration? It's time for a long pause." He claims that Britain's departure from the EU would be a "great disaster for our country as the over-mighty unions were in the 1960s and 1970s". He refers to "the trickle of companies announcing plans to leave Britain has turned into a flood" which has included Nissan, Sony and Dyson, and says a "clumsily executed Brexit" will hit wages, jobs and public services. He continues: "If we are honest, we Brexiteers have to admit that the economic arguments for Brexit have been destroyed by a series of shattering blows." Referencing the businessmen and Lexiters that are the big supporters of Brexit, he comments: "When hedge-fund managers and the Communist Party see eye-to-eye on any question, it's time to be concerned." Furthermore, he has fears for Ireland as a result of Brexit, claiming that "we've all misunderstood the Irish question, even though it has loomed so large in our history for the last 500 years." While Oborne still defends his decision 0 and says he "still feels proud of Brexit" for "challenging remote oligarchs based in Brussels" - he says that he now believes "we are much better off working inside the EU." He writes: "I argue, as a Brexiteer, that we need to take a long deep breath.
This is the kind of honesty and seriousness we need from our politicians right now." Presenter Simon Schama said the opinion piece "should be read by every engaged person on both Brexit and Remain sides - and if we get that far as a starting point for new debate." The i's Essential Daily Briefing We know that sometimes it's easier for us to come to you with the news. That's why our new email newsletter will deliver a mobile-friendly snapshot of inews.co.uk to your inbox every morning, from Monday to Saturday. This will feature the stories you need to know, as well as a curated selection of the best reads from across the site. Of course, you can easily opt out at any time, but we're confident that you won't. Oliver Duff, Editor By entering your email address and clicking on the sign up button below, you are agreeing to receive the latest daily news, news features and service updates from the i via email. You can unsubscribe at any time and we will not pass on your information. If we are honest, we Brexiteers have to admit that the economic arguments for Brexit have been destroyed by a series of shattering blows. When hedge-fund managers and the Communist Party see eye-to-eye on any question, it's time to be concerned. I readily accept that the European Union is a dysfunctional body beset by all manner of problems. But the lesson of the last two years is that we are much better off working inside the EU... for reform and not as a hostile neighbour. Suspending Brexit will be greatly preferable to the alternative. Video Journalists Peter Oborne and Fraser Nelson discuss why they have changed their minds since the 2016 EU referendum. Daily Mail commentator and former Brexiteer, Peter Oborne, told Today that "the economic case for Brexit has collapsed" and that questions around the Irish backstop could lead to "the end of the United Kingdom". They spoke to Today after Mr Oborne wrote for the political website Open Democracy, calling for a long pause on Brexit.