Russian president Vladimir Putin thinks he’s a proper cheeky monkey, doesn’t he?
We all know there is evidence that suggests his government interfered with the European Union referendum in 2016, thanks to the efforts of campaigns like Arron Banks’s Leave.EU.
Part of that evidence includes a claim by current UK Chancellor Philip Hammond that Russia was the only country that would benefit from the UK leaving the EU – and now Mr Putin is demanding that the UK get on with it.
Trouble is, there are many people in the UK who say the decision to leave is based on false information and tainted by the (alleged) interference of Mr Putin and Russia.
Oh wow, big surprise 😱 Russia doesn’t want its efforts with LeaveEU to go to waste with a second referendum 🇷🇺🇬🇧🇷🇺🇬🇧 https://t.co/Bl16fSYYsa
— Christopher Wylie 🏳️🌈 (@chrisinsilico) December 20, 2018
So we need to be a little circumspect about the matter – and the last thing we want is to rush into anything just because the leader of some other country is antagonising us.
He’s probably worried about the increasing likelihood of a so-called “People’s Vote” mandating the government to keep us in the EU after all.
Vladimir Putin’s contempt for, or fear of, a People’s Vote will not shock anybody. The overwhelming evidence of malign and multiple Russian interventions in western democratic processes, including the Brexit referendum, have been designed to destabilize democratic rule.
— David Miliband (@DMiliband) December 20, 2018
And in fact, his nagging tends to support the case against people lie Mr Banks, and undermines the validity of the decision of that 2016 plebiscite.
Furthermore, after he was accused of responsibility for the Salisbury and Amesbury poisonings by Theresa May, British people are rightly wondering why he thinks Mrs May would want to do anything, just because he demanded it. The fact that she is desperately trying to get us out of the EU before the end of March is therefore a mystery to us – unless we conclude that she really does have friends who are tax evaders and is trying to protect them from a Euro law that comes into force in April.
So I tend to support the decision of those on the social media who have chosen to make a mockery of the Russian leader instead.
Putin commenting on UK democracy is entirely preposterous. He doesn’t permit democratic elections in his own country; he undermines them in other countries. Maybe he just doesn’t want the hassle of having to organize interference in a second #Brexit referendum. @Andrew_Adonis https://t.co/rSMLHhGGuN
— Bobby McDonagh (@BobbyMcDonagh1) December 20, 2018
Putin advertising Brexit is probably the best advertisement against Brexit we’ve had.
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) December 21, 2018
I feel for the guy. If you pay for something, you expect to get what you paid for.https://t.co/i8msjjbiMZ
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) December 20, 2018
This is going to look magnificent on the side of a bus during the Second Referendum … https://t.co/XPGY5i5Wfe
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) December 20, 2018
Russia wants the Brexit it paid for.https://t.co/h7qktweK6k
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) December 20, 2018
One thing is for certain, #putin is never going to listen to the will of the people in Russia which is why all of that nation's elections are fixed like the slot machines at an illegal casino run by the mafia. https://t.co/WIrOEIqof3
— John Smith (son of Harry Leslie Smith) (@Harryslaststand) December 20, 2018
I've had my doubts about Brexit, but Putin has convinced me it's the right thing to do…
… said nobody that cared about the best interests of the UK, EVER.
— Awatha (@mudjokivis) December 20, 2018
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