I have to keep coming back to Brexit from time to time, this time inspired by ex-UK-Foreign-Secretary David Miliband on today’s now-biased BBC radio 4 programme, Today. Basically time is slipping away and negotiations within the UK cabinet have not yet concluded, let alone those with Europe. Time is running out fast.
Miliband suggested that the UK is being held hostage to the hard Brexiteers in the cabinet, who do not mind crashing out of EU, despite the untold misery that is likely to cause.
The cabinet argues over two possible ‘solutions’, neither of which EU thinks will work. The so-called max-fac ‘solution’ has a hardish border, but some magical technological fix will avoid it becoming a major bottleneck. No max-fac is going to stop border smuggling in Ireland by legions of white vans. Even minimal delays will destroy ‘just in time’ supply chains. This seems like cloud cuckoo land to me.
The other solution appears to involve UK acting as a tax collector for EU, but being otherwise disengaged. Well maybe, but that would involve a huge amount of trust, which will come under great strain when the UK starts making separate trade deals to EU’s disadvantage. (What is this big deal about trade deals? UK will clearly never get a better deal than the larger EU would.)
Basically the UK cabinet collective appears to be disconnected from the real world.
The position of the Labour Party and some moderate tories on retaining some form of customs union seems the best way forward, as does membership of the European Economic Area – if we must proceed with this absurdity of Brexit.
Oh, and it was nice to hear, in David Miliband, a politician speaking with the gravitas and understanding you might expect of a prime minister. What a shame Labour drove him away.
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Yes it was good to hear David Miliband sounding clear, straight, professional and bang on the nail about something which should be of paramount importance to get sorted, because time is running out. I think he mentioned there were about 120 or 160 days to do this in before 29th March next year. Where there’s a will etc…..and it’s good to hear come clear-headed positive cross party cooperation is in place to make this so (to quote Jean-Luc Picard).
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I also agree that the Brexit negotiations are an absolute shambles! I have been in many industrial and corporate negotiations in my lifetime and have NEVER seen such a mess. But there again I have never seen a negotiation group who were on the “other side”, a chief executive who didn’t believe in getting the best deal for her own side, advisors who skewed potential outcome data beyond belief, a relentless undermining of the process by people who should be on ones own team, and a lack of beginning the negotiations with a view that says “there is NO deal, what do YOU want to compromise on to ensure that there is a deal?”. Right from the beginning it is then clear who stands where.
Leaving the EU was never about trade, and to suggest that the EU can get better deals than the U.K. alone is nonsense, because EU deals are for the benefit of Germany or completely homogenised. In addition food prices are currently 20% higher than they could be because of EU tariffs place on especially third world countries the U.K. would never do. These negotiations have shown what an arrogant, nasty, power mad regime the EU are but sadly too many people are blind and only thinking about their holiday money! A little more enlightened self interest is needed about our nations long term future.
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Well we agree that the process is a shambles. I suggest it was inevitable, because the referendum result was so close and the country is clearly split, as are the parties. In any sensible constitution, which apparently we do not have, a majority of something like 60-40 is necessary for major constitutional change, which this is.
Yes of course the EU needs reform. Maybe we would have stood a chance of achieving this if we’d worked for it, building coalitions etc, rather than Cameron’s grandstanding.
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Did you know that Miliband heads the George Soros funded Open Borders organisation? He is actually PAID to undermine Brexit. I disagree on the requirement for a specific % vote on constitutional change, this is a recipe for a complete disaster and the losing side constantly whingeing about changing the numbers each time they lose. This is absurdity ad nauseum. If you can’t accept majority voting then this is implying that our whole system needs changing. This is cultural and would reverberate into boardroom voting, union voting, local council voting, etc. It is pernicious nonsense unless you want to completely change the culture of this country. One man one vote, majority rules.
Each to our his own opinion. I don’t think we’ll agree on this one! Thanks for commenting!
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You’re right Barry, but Milliband working for Soros is not an opinion, it’s fact.