Τελικά, μετά την El Pais προ ημερών και τη Financial Times τώρα, δεν θα χρειάζεται να βρούμε την καλύτερη αγγλική απόδοση — θα έχουμε διεθνοποιήσει την εθνική μας παθολογία. Kolotumba στους Ισπανούς, kolotoumba τώρα, κανένας ακόμα με το λατινοπρεπές colotumba...


Greek lessons for Brexiters
A ‘kolotoumba’ would require public to swing strongly against Brexit over next year

Financial Times, 24/10/2017, by Tony Barber

https://www.ft.com/content/fc127c40-...2-5661783e5589

The Greek word kolotoumba, meaning “somersault”, is enjoying a return to favour — this time, in the context of Brexit.

Kolotoumba became a fashionable term in 2015 in response to the tactics of Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s once radical leftist prime minister. After insisting for months that he would not yield to Greece’s international creditors, Mr Tsipras “somersaulted” and accepted an emergency financial rescue, whose terms were more stringent than those he was offered to begin with.

At a Greek-British symposium held over the weekend at Nafplio, the Peloponnese seaport town that was modern Greece’s first capital, participants found themselves debating whether a kolotoumba might be in the offing with regard to Brexit. Was it plausible that the UK, despite the June 2016 referendum result, might not leave the EU?

Many participants favoured such an outcome, but few thought it probable. One opponent of the UK’s EU membership put the chances of a kolotoumba at zero to 0.1 per cent. By contrast, one supporter suggested a range from 10 to 30 per cent.

Several participants observed that the clock was moving inexorably to March 2019, the UK’s planned leaving date. The Brexit negotiations are supposed to be wrapped up around October 2018. If a kolotoumba were to occur, then British public opinion would need to swing strongly against Brexit over the next 12 months, they said.

Moreover, a kolotoumba would require many politicians at Westminster to take the risk of refusing to accept the referendum result as the British public’s final word on Brexit. Such a step might harm the opposition Labour party somewhat. But it would surely wreak havoc among the ruling Conservatives. [...]

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