Brexit shows that when it comes to social engineering the Tories are buggers for it to an even greater extent than Labour. I'm sure Britain will cope, because its component peoples have had long and intensive previous experience with massive change landed on them due to some arcane dispute between upper-class twits, but it's still very annoying to watch it happening as someone who's still a citizen of the place.
It's not without amusement value, though. Boris Johnson expressed the views of many Leave-camp Tories with these comments:
I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be. There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment. EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU.
British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down. As the German equivalent of the CBI – the BDI – has very sensibly reminded us, there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market. Britain is and always will be a great European power, offering top-table opinions and giving leadership on everything from foreign policy to defence to counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing – all the things we need to do together to make our world safer.
The only change – and it will not come in any great rush – is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation...
We've seen a lot of this in the last few weeks - Brexit actually means Britain gets to negotiate a new agreement with the EU, in which it will keep free trade and freedom of movement while keeping out the EU citizens it doesn't want and getting rid of various inconvenient things like being obliged to observe the EU's human rights provisions.
It's like watching a man who's filed for divorce and is now trying to convince himself that this doesn't mean his marriage is over, it's just an opportunity to negotiate a new relationship with his wife in which he'll still live at home and get to fuck her and have her do most of the housework, but he'll be relieved of having to do things like listen to her nagging, or putting his money into a joint account. Hello-o? Wake up, dumbass! You're dreaming!