To paraphrase a famous John Hughes film ‘the first rules of Brexit club is you do not talk about Brexit club.’
In all seriousness this might as well be the unofficial motto of May’s government regarding the UK’s discussions in leaving the EU. Nobody has a clue what is going on only that once it’s all over nobody is going to be happy and it is going to be one huge mess.
After the referendum result it seemed that those calling for a second vote were being unrealistic. Close as it was it seemed the best thing was to try and get the best deal possible.
Only there was one big flaw with that thought. Namely that David Cameron was a chancer and like an aristocratic cad gambled the family estate only to lose the lot. Even worse was that there was no actual plan in case the leave vote won. It says a lot that the football game Championship manager investigated and replicated the repercussions of a Brexit Britain instead of the Government of the day.
Instead David Cameron stood in front of the camera for the last time before walking off to write his memoirs in a posh hut that cost £25,000. The job was now given to Theresa May to try and sort this mess out only to be one of the worst Prime Minister’s in history. In short she has been a complete and utter omnishambles.
‘Brexit means brexit,’ Theresa May cried which was another slogan that nobody understood what precisely May meant. Did she for instance mean ‘breakfast is breakfast,’ or ‘Brexit for the everyday Bat people,’ as her alter ego Nicola Murray would say in the thick of it.
The thing about Brexit is that the people involved are incompetent. We have David Davies who is so dense that to quote the thick of it’s Malcolm Tucker ‘light bends around him.’ Incidentally that isn’t being harsh. Look at him as he walks in for Brexit talks with the smirk of a football mascot walking onto the pitch. Furthermore Davis has the same impact as a mascot does during the match itself.
So far even after two years since the result was announced we are no way near to getting something that looks feasible never mind satisfactory. You would think that at this stage that May’s government would realise that this is going to end in a almighty mess akin to somebody dropping all the eggs being dropped from one basket.
So instead of working out what would be a realistic deal and letting voters decide if they would be happy with the implications of leaving the EU they stagger around like the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz.
Nobody so far seems to have the guts to realise that Brexit is a spiralling mess that has not been thought through at all. From how it affects the peace process in Northern Ireland regarding the border to the Republic to how it will affect the economy and freedom of movement.
There are a lot of implications for how it will affect EU members currently living in the UK and then there are the British Citizens living abroad. Even those who regularly travel to Europe for work purposes will be affected.
The economy, grants, legal and workers rights are all under threat that has protected people. It isn’t a perfect system and after the way Greece was treated by the EU shows that the financial institutions still have too much sway yet it is best to be in it.
However remaining in the EU means there is a better chance of having a say and having some influence as well as having other EU members support.
Like it or not the UK economy relies on Europe for its business and gaining workers in vital services. There is no paperwork just a case of providing your passport to confirm your country is a part of the EU.
Again there is the argument that the EU takes advantage of using a migrant work force that is cheap from the likes of Eastern Europe. It is certainly true but something that can be worked on by other EU countries to try and resolve.
Part of the leave vote was not just about the worry of immigration but a protest vote against the perceived establishment. To those that voted leave, Europe only seemed to benefit the metropolitan elite with some seeing a influx of migrants from EU nations causing a strain on local services and schools.
Leaving the EU though means that these areas won’t receive the benefits that have revitalised parts of the UK. Brexit also means that if it affects the economy badly it could lead to a rising cost in living standards. Workers rights will be weaker and there will be a strain on the health service as the NHS rely on migrant work force from the EU. Whether it’s Doctor’s, nurses, porters, or cleaners they all help in supporting that the hospitals run as smoothly as they can.
Incidentally that is another lie when the Brexit bus stated how much money the UK could save and put that money in the NHS. At the time of writing @ostendGudgeon has worked out that the NHS is owed £35.65 billion by the Brexiteer’s. Money that is still not forthcoming and nor will it be. After all Nigel Farage admitted ‘that it was a mistake.’
Of course there are the Brexiteers who believe that that this is all doom and gloom. That there won’t be problems for businesses with the possibility of completing various visas to trade. That there won’t be problems for British Citizens working and living in the EU, and that even visiting other European countries won’t mean being in a long queue.
The likes of the plastic toff Jacob Rees Mogg (he might dress like little Lord Fauntleroy and gone to Eton but he’s not the real aristocrat that Moggster would love to be) might think you can just walk into a room tell Europe how it is and take what you want but it isn’t going to happen.
For starters the EU are in a stronger position due to the large number of countries in the Union. Secondly they will ensure their members get the best deal as much as the Brexiteer’s like to think the UK does not have the same influence as it did in 1900.
Nostalgia for a Britain (that incidentally never was) of village greens, cricket, warm beer, and maidens on bicycles is what some Brexiteer’s want the UK to be. That’s why there is the bizarre celebration of the return of the old blue passports as though that represents Britain. However the inconvenient truth that the EU wasn’t particularly bother what colour the UK passport was is forgotten. As is the fact that nobody really cares as long as you can travel on it.
It could be said that Michael Gove and Boris Johnson or to give him his full name Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson are not really Brexiteer’s but chancers who used the referendum to put pressure on David Cameron. The theory goes that the pair expected it to be a close remain vote and hoped that it would be enough for Cameron to step down and stand for the leadership. As it was the vote went leave and Theresa May won the race to be Prime Minister.
So far it seems that the UK is far from getting close to a satisfactory deal as the clock ticks towards the full exit date of the 29th March 2019. The bravado of no deal is better than a bad Brexit is just that. There has to be at least some kind of idea what Brexit will look like and a realistic one rather than the wet dream of Jacob Rees Mogg. To him the lands of Persia, Constantinople, and Narnia are just gagging to trade with the UK.
The reality of it is both side of leave and remain will be bitterly disappointed once the final whistle is blown on this mess.
It’s why if Theresa May had Britain’s interest at heart she would put it to the public to decide whether they are happy to leave with the deal negotiated or decide that being in the EU is not that bad after all.
May though is too weak with too much self interest for herself and the Conservative party. That’s despite being consistently being undermined by the likes of Boris Johnson who has been sniping at how poorly she is handling Brexit. When even the likes of David Davies undermine you and you can’t sack him then you really are a lame duck Prime Minister.
A large proportion of the blame has to lay with Cameron for not ensuring that some type of plan would be put in place if it was a leave vote. Instead it’s the bland leading the bland who have been promoted way above their abilities who are responsible for our future. That is the scary part that nobody in power is trying to stop this madness and put forward a second vote regarding a final deal.