Jack Them In
Those Brexit talks. Anyone who thought that the EU would play its midnight hour card and stand tough until the 25th hour and then come to a sensible compromise, forget it.
WE offer £20bn, clarify please, Germans and French say no deal, we offer £40bn, clarify please, Ireland says no deal. Ireland sees the border as a Trojan horse for unity,oops corruption once again rears its usual head in Dublin and Ireland cant speak for a bit .
Nor can Germany, the great leader, Mrs Mutti Merkel is not in power as she cant form a government. Its those nasty nationalists, oh dear, not them again. Mighty Mouse Macron sees his honeymoon period cut short as opposition mounts. Spain will, no doubt with Catalonia on its mind , play Gib stays in the EU(with us) as hard as it can. Poland with its one million citizens living in the UK will have its own agenda. The Russian vassal states of Cyprus and Malta have yet to speak. Can’t wait. 27 sovereign states, each no doubt with an opinion, for some mice a chance to roar.
. So whatever we say ,clarification will be called for, unless we grovel and make our relations with the rest of the world untenable there is no deal with the EU. That is get the worst of both worlds-reduced EU trade and reduced world deals.
History shows that the EU rather than demonstrate flexibility and reason would rather obey the letter of the law and a doctrinaire attitude(which many EU members disobey) ,that is the name of their game. The fact that so many of the good and the great at home feel that its the UK that is being unreasonable and not the other side,is of course just an echo of so many still not getting or accepting the result of the referendum. Selling their country short ,despising its ordinary people, is of course the hall mark of the British intellectual. Actually intellectuals are like that in every country.
They open all their remarks on the subject, this was a shock to me, I don’t recognise my own country. As Robert Peston (top journo honcho was BBC and now ITV) says in the Guardian“ I have a self image that I was not in some sort of privately educated privileged bubble and I was more connected to the people in this country. But among the pretty extensive circle of friends and family, no single person I could identify with voted for Brexit….. the only people I mixed with were broadly,sort of, metrosexual and liberal, for whom admitting you were going to vote for Brexit was the equivalent of farting in public.”
At my 50 strong birthday party on the day of the referendum , 48 including me voted to Remain. I voted to Remain for the good of my wallet, I now support Brexit for the good of my country. But then I am not an intellectual. I am neither good or great, thank goodness.