Debating Brexiteers is the same as debating vegans - they both have faith-like opinions and an aversion to facts, says Eamon Cassells, a young beef farmer from County Meath in Ireland.
I may have been unwise in agreeing to write this week’s article, with things moving so fast in Parliament, something written is very quickly out of date mere hours later.
As I write this now, Parliament has firmly rejected a no-deal scenario. However, that might not be the end of the matter.
As Jacob Rees-Mogg rightly pointed out - words I thought I’d never say - Wednesday’s vote does not overrule statute law.
So an extension is needed, but it is not a solution. And will the EU grant it? For the power ultimately lies in their hands and not Westminster’s.
The rest of Europe is fed up with wasting two years working on this mess when they have better things to be getting on with. Are they going to have any appetite to drag this on any longer?
I am quite sure there will be those in the comments saying no deal is the only true Brexit. That may be so, but it is also moronically stupid, as any economist of note will tell you.
Yes, you may be the fifth largest economy, but you are leaving the biggest. Why do you think a desperate fifth place will get a better deal than a stable first?
We were told this would be ‘the easiest trade in human history’. Well considering the UK is struggling with that, how does one expect a better deal with the US, especially with Trump’s insistence on ‘America First’?
I hate to say I say I told you so, but a lot of what I spoke about in April seems to be coming to pass.
As we have seen from reports in Farmers Guardian, US cattlemen are lobbying President Trump hard to have the removal of the ban on hormone treated beef as an essential pillar of any future trade deal with the UK.
This was always going to be the case, but Brexit cheerleaders on the ag side have pooh-poohed the idea, despite the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg saying cheaper food would be one of the benefits of this whole folly.
The more I converse with Brexiteers, the more I see similarities with vegans and anti-vaxxers.
They have an entrenched view based on feelings and they refuse to acknowledge any fact or expert view which contradicts their opinion - branding it ‘project fear’ in the same way vegans dismiss facts as ‘big ag propaganda’ (two equally insidious yet meaningless terms).
They are more than happy to share misinformation they like the sound of without doing even the most basic of fact checking.
Stories of straight bananas, immigration fearmongering, and forced membership of the Euro come from the same realm as tales of pus in milk, AI being rape and all bull calves being shot at birth.
Eamon can be found tweeting at @Eamon4prez