It’s been useful stepping back from Brexit for a month or so. I wanted to see if there was any credible argument to go ahead with leaving the European Union and I didn’t want to end up in an uncompromising anti-Brexit echo chamber. My conclusion is that if British and EU politicians operated within a mature and pragmatic mindset, there should be no issue on adjusting visa and trade arrangements. Governments do this all the time. But they have proved themselves incapable, particularly in Britain, where they have wrapped Brexit into a nationalistic war cry. They know now that Brexit will damage living standards and that there is no freedom to win back because membership any international organization, the signing of any treaty of trade deal forfeits some measure of sovereign control. If we want that, we can learn from North Korea. History, therefore, is likely to show that those politicians leading on this were never fit for elected office. They include Jeremy Hunt for comparing the EU to the Soviet Union; Andrea Leadsom for insisting that journalists abandon professionalism for patriotism; Boris Johnson for stirring anti-Islamic sentiment; Michael Gove for plunging a knife into the concept of accountable democracy by saying people have had enough of experts. (Imagine a pilot asking passengers to vote on how he should handle an emergency landing); and Dan Hannan for conjuring up British shame for losing the Battle of Hastings nearly a thousand years ago in 1066. WTF is he playing at? The use of historical defeats is common practice among politicians with no real policy. The late Serbian leader Slobodon Milosovic fanned extremism with the 1839 Battle of Kosovo which Serbia lost to the Ottomans. He caused years of war in Europe, while Pol Pot did the same in Cambodia claiming the loss of the great Khmer empire as legitimacy for his genocide. None of these politicians I have listed, and several others, have the slightest idea of the risks created by their inflammatory slogans. None has apologized or withdrawn. This is the Brexit I loathe. Mobile phones, health, trade, immigration, etc. could be easily be sorted if these characters shut up and vanished to a desert island for a few months.