I’ve pointed out previously that the main reason for Brexit is because Britain (or rather England) simply does not understand what the EU is about.
Johnson’s jokes about the EU and, Germany’s, and his expansionist plans, captures the general sense of distrust in England. I think the obsession with centralised power is really at the heart of Brexit and the British misunderstanding about the EU. And the reason for this misunderstanding is that British people seem to see the EU the same way that they saw the British empire or other European colonial empires. The single biggest difference between the EU and the previous European colonial empires (of which the British was one) was the degree of centralisation. The way the European colonial empires were set up was that all of the orders came from London, Madrid, Brussels and Lisbon and all resources and powers were repatriated back there. Eventually this level of piss taking caught up with the European powers who ended up going to war with each other and with their colonies. Between the two world wars most of these colonial powers, particularly Germany, were forced to realise a new humility. That humility has under-pinned most of the European co-operation since. The British Empire, to its credit, never really got its comeuppance. Therefore, there was never really a period of reflection. It's noticeable that most English people, in addition to their ignorance about the recent history in Northern Ireland, are also seemingly blissfully unaware of the British Empire's role in the build up to WW1. For them it was "Just them Germans doing what they do". We the Portuguese know all about large empires. Britain on the other hand, the largest empire at the time, was enjoying "Splendid Isolation", and was not stepping on anyone's toes. Large empires never step on toes.
Nobody can actually tell when the British Empire ended (I can tell you when the Portuguese Empire ended though). People cite WW2, the Suez Crisis and the return of Hong Kong to China. Indeed Brexit might be its end. Because of the empire went out with a whimper rather than a bang there was never really a moment to reflect on the good and the bad. Both are key. Brexit has shown up the lack of confidence some British people have in their own country and culture. When your national dish is curry then it's more difficult to identify what is that makes you British. And this complex has prevented Britain from taking a more active role in the EU. But the country that was the center of one of the greatest empires should be full of confidence. Equally however many British are completely unaware of the negative aspects of the empire and seem to think it was some kind benevolent conqueror rather than actively engaged in ethnic cleansings (like all empires).
The result is this kind of uneasy arrogance. Like the school bully who is abused at home. Britain is about to get a good kicking thanks to people, mainly English, whose sense of superiority has not caught up with realpolitik.
Johnson seeks to define Britain's relationship with the EU as a war. So for Tosser Johnson, the EU is the enemy and anyone who isn't on Johnson's side is a 'collaborator'. So, the English should get ready for food rationing. Johnson is a fucking idiot. I am proud to say I am a citizen of the world and a collaborator with the EU. Tosser Johnson does not speak for me. At the coming snap Brexit election, were I English, I’d vote for a party that would unambiguously support remaining in the EU. And so should all Remainers.
Johnson has no intention of getting a deal. The deal that is acceptable to the Brexiter cultists does not and cannot exist, and is impossible to achieve because they are still fully immersed in their cake-ist delusion. The only option left for Johnson is to go for broke with a GE win by blaming the EU for not giving the British the cake that they voted for. By creating and repeating the same massive, but carefully focused, lie that No Deal is the fault of the EU they hope to attract enough of Brexit votes to get a majority. And given how easily fooled the leave voting public are he might very well win unless the opposition sort themselves out and stop their petty in fighting.