The roots of Brexit lie in the UK’s own ridiculously puffed up sense of self-importance and entitlement.
The UK’s negotiation has revealed the massive incompetence of its government, ruling class and establishment.
They all feed off distorted national myths like
“We’ll fight them on the beaches”,
no need for a hard border then”.
“If they don’t we’ll just starve them”
Today PM May announced she was off to the EU to “Battle for Britain”
Comment: Former allies from Ireland, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, France are now opposing the UK.
Jamaica and Barbadoes will offer no support, given the Windrush deportations.
Canada and the USA are supporting the Irish/EU position on the GFA which the USA took such trouble to broker and help implement.
PM May’s line of attack in her “Battle for Britain” seems to be something like
“Now what would you do with the Irish border in a No Deal scenario – let’s have that, shall we?”
Comments: That would solve the UK’s problem, the one England created all by itself.
It is impossible to negotiate politically with such individuals.
They literally cannot communicate with others. They can only only dictate.
When defeated by logical arguments (“punished” as they call it), they have to be forced to obey.
Example 1: The EU has repeatedly said the Withdrawal Agreement will not be opened and re-negotiated.
The present impasse is due to the UK’s denial, bluster, falsity and misinformation,
Its attempts to “divide and conquer” the EU nations so as to “have its cake and eat it” ,
Its inability to deceive EU nations because its mask of courtesy, urbanity, and pragmaticism soon disappeared as soon as the UK saw it wasn’t going to get what it wanted
PM May agreed a deal and her cabinet signed it off.
It included a backstop that she’d asked for in December 2017.
At the time the British press praised her for supposedly solving the Irish border problem.
Comments: Now she wants the EU to cave in to her demand to take it out.
In her view Brexit can be delivered by the UK alone, with what only Westminster agrees written into the Withdrawal Agreement.
She is now embarked on a fantasy quest.
The UK parliament indicated that a change in, or removal of, the backstop will help get a deal passed.
PM May has also quite clearly said an acceptable change won’t definitely pass. MPs will be free to vote against it.
Attempts to convince the EU to amend the backstop PM May herself asked for, and negotiated, are a fool’s errand.
Queries: What would happen if the EU were to
a) similarly agree to something, and then renege on it at the last minute?
b) abandon Ireland, a current Member State, to facilitate a former Member State?
c) put Irish citizens and others in NI, who voted to remain in the EU, into the hands of the UK and the DUP?
d) endanger EU solidarity, its Single Market and 4 Freedoms, to facilitate a former Member State?
Remember: In case of a No Deal, the UK Govt is under significant pressure to prevent a national emergency in employment, food, medications,haulage and shipping, even summer holidays etc.
One third of firms are moving to an EU country, the EMA has already left London, banks are leaving and Nissan is pulling X-Trail from Sunderland
After effectively cutting all sources off and disrupting logistics to the max in a No Deal Brexit, the UK Govt will have to provide food and medicines for about 66 million people, all living on an island, as well as guaranteeing delivery and supply chains for them.
That is pressure…And the deadline is not in 55 days time on 28th March.
Since it takes six weeks for a ship to sail from the Far East to the UK, traders there need to know by next week what they will face when they arrive (impoundment, high tariffs, normality?) as they have to decide whether they should even risk loading up.
Before they sail they need to know what sort of deal there is – if there is one!
More pressure for PM May’s Government and their DUP “friends”.
Example 2: DUP leader Arlene Foster said yesterday that the EU must “face up to reality” if a “sensible” Brexit deal is to be agreed.
Right you are! 27 EU countries are going to jump to do your bidding!
Even though you don’t tell them what exactly a “sensible” deal is!
Queries: Guess who needs to face up to reality?
What is reality for the UK?
It is in sole-charge of the EU and can push everyone else around.
Just like the DUP do in Northern Ireland.
Query: Doesn’t PM May’s squalid arrangement with the DUP
look like a match made in Hell for everyone else?
PS – A forecast
for what it’s worth,
as nobody seems to know what will happen
Either Theresa May’s government falls
Britain crashes out of the EU with No Deal