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The curmudgeon is a miserable sod. He likes to have a moan. He tackles subjects which many foreigners living in Spain agree with but are too polite to say anything.

BREXIT? What a huge mistake!
Monday, October 16, 2023 @ 9:08 AM

What has leaving the European Union brought to the United Kingdom? asks The Curmudgeon. Nothing positive at all, that’s for sure. The economy is in a mess, bureaucracy has increased, travel abroad is restricted and we've no longer any friends in Europe.



The EU referendum and Brexit

It was so obvious back in 2016 at the time of the campaign to leave and the subsequent referendum, yet our so-called intelligent electorate “f**ked it up” big-style, because they chose to believe the blatant lies of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and the rest.

They were nothing more than opportunists, desperate to get their hands on power.

Public-school educated, privileged people who were, and remain, as thick as the proverbial two short planks!

Now that this costly mistake is coming to fruition, Bojo has walked away (actually been sent packing) and reasonable politicians like Kenneth Clarke, David Gauke and others have moved on and are no longer MPs.

Current prime minister Rishi Sunak seems to have brokered a reasonable deal vis-à-vis Northern Ireland, but Brexit remains a mess.

I know a few numbskulls who still support Brexit, and many of them are residents here in Spain. I don’t get it! What planet are they living on?



As the British approach a General Election in 2024, I am disappointed that the clear leader in the race to be the next prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer (Labour), is too timid to grasp the rejoin nettle and say that a Labour government would seek re-entry.

Meanwhile, the real culprit for this debacle, David Cameron, who allowed a referendum on the issue of continued membership of the EU, has scurried off onto the sunset and is earning far more than he did as prime minister.

Rather like Bojo, who should be warming his arse as a guest of the king in Wandsworth prison, yet who gets paid huge sums of money for spouting his drivel to organisations and companies around the world.

The problem with referenda is that when you ask the people, too many of whom read the Tory gutter press, you often get the answer you didn’t want!

¡Viva Europa!



I intend to apply for Spanish citizenship as soon as possible; then at least I can vote in national, regional, and European elections in the country where I live and pay my taxes. I’ve been disenfranchised for the last 15 years, since I emigrated here.

By acquiring a Spanish passport, I will apparently be able to visit one more country than I currently can with my British one. I don’t know which country that is, but I bet it’s nice there …..



© The Curmudgeon


Photo acknowledgements:

El Mundo

Health Plan Spain


Further reading:

Brexit Three Years On (

How to Get Spanish Citizenship in 2023 (Complete Guide) (

Why Can’t We Have the Vote? (



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Neilg said:
Monday, December 18, 2023 @ 10:41 PM

Brexit has returned self-rule to the UK, although our political class is determined not to use that freedom.
Monnet admitted that he designed the EU to insulate the rulers from the public.
Anyone who doesn't see the significance of that should go to the site of Peterloo and reflect. Peterloo, of course, was where working people gathered to demand the vote. They did this because a country belongs to it's people, not just the ruling class...the ruling class prefer to be insulated from the people.
The EU likes to pretend it's democratic but it actually insulates it's ruling class from the public. It was designed that way. These are fundamental issues.
It is my belief that the UK political class never intended to honour the referendum result. They had, however, to appear to honour it so they brought in a weak/non Brexit while never reversing a single EU Directive.
Britain's economic plight is shared by the eurozone (which is actually performing worse). The inflation was caused by the printing of money to fund the coronavirus idiocy. The EU also suffers inflation and over-supply of money

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