Sentamu: ‘pure’ (‘real’/’hard’) Brexit is a childish dream

Dec 5, 2018 by

By Archbishop Cranmer.

[…] Dr Sentamu is perfectly free to make his case for the Prime Minister’s transition deal, and to believe sincerely that it is the wisest and most beneficial course of action – or ‘compromise’ – for national unity and the common good. But quite why he should feel the need to insult the intelligence and maturity of those who have qualms about the constitutional position, or who might prefer a ‘hard’ or ‘real’ or ‘pure’ Brexit for other reasons, is a mystery. After all, some of them fill the pews in his churches every Sunday, and might not take too kindly to being patronised and held in such contempt. And for those who don’t attend church, Dr Sentamu is informing potentially 17.4 million people that their desire for the United Kingdom to become a sovereign, democratic, self-governing nation is “childish”.

His intervention coincides with Matthew D’Ancona writing in the Guardian, who tells us that Brexit is driven by bigotry. Ergo, ‘hard’ or ‘pure’ Brexiteers are the worst kind of bigot. Fusing the two schools of thought, we arrive at Brexiteers basically being ‘childish bigots’.

One is reminded of the wisdom of Margaret Thatcher: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

If Brexit is driven by bigotry, then bigotry drove the Diggers and Levellers. If Brexit is driven by bigotry, then bigotry drove the Protestant Reformers. If Brexit is driven by bigotry, then bigotry drove the Roundheads and Whigs; the Methodists and Chartists. One man’s bigotry is another man’s quest for liberty.

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Editor’s note: Just to remind readers, Anglican Mainstream has always taken an ‘agnostic’ position on Brexit. This article is posted not as part of a pro-Brexit campaign, but to inform readers about what church leaders are saying.

See also: What Archbishop Sentamu calls a “childish dream” is in reality a biblical vision, by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest

Brexit – what now? by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream


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