Britain has significantly lowered its expectations for Brexit, giving few assurances other than that it is unlikely to end in “Mad Max-style dystopia”.
Despite significant promises being made for Britain’s exit from the European Union in the run-up to the referendum, two years down the line the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU today only managed to give assurances that we will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction”.
Addressing business leaders in Vienna, David Davis referred to the series of action films which portray societal collapse in a lawless future world in order to appease doubters.
The film franchise, which uses slogans such as “the madness is about to begin” and “the future belongs to the mad”, has since been likened to the slogans used by the Leave campaign.
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Davis said of the government’s critics: “They fear that Brexit could lead to an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom.
“With Britain plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction. These fears about a race to the bottom are based on nothing, not our history, not our intentions, not our national interest.
“But while I profoundly disagree with those who spread these fears — it does remind us all that we must provide reassurance.”