Today's cartoon by Chappatte illustrates the phenomenon of so-called 'buyer's remorse' in relation to Brexit. Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house. In the case of the EU Referendum, many of those who voted 'Leave' are now having second thoughts as they see the catastrophic economic consequences, and realize that many of the promises made by the 'Out' campaign will not be kept. In fact, a new term has been coined to describe this feeling: Bregret.
The cartoon shows a stereotypical 'City gent' complete with umbrella and bowler hat (does anyone actually wear those any more?), standing in front of a 'Leave' campaign poster, whose slogan is 'Let's take our country back'. The gent, who has been reading about the economic chaos and 'Leave' campaign lies (note the picture of Boris Johnson), asks, "Can I take my vote back?"
Although there has been much talk about a second referendum or the possibility of the government delaying the start of the exit procedure indefinitely, it does seem as if we are definitely heading towards a Brexit. The big question is: on what terms? The negotiations promise to be long and hard ...