It’s horrifying that 70 per cent of our young people wants to stay in Europe, and they’re being disregarded by the 70 per cent of old people who want to leave.
The self-interest of this country self-evidently depends on our presence at the core of Europe, and all this stuff about sharing power and gaining power and sovereignty, it’s all slogans, it’s got no relation to the real world that we live in, and whilst there are some pretty brave Conservatives holding the fort and standing by their own convictions as to what our national interest is, there are too many who are in one of two camps.
Those who just it’s a quiet life, it’s all we can do, the people have spoken and all that, and those who are the Brexiteers, who are motivated by these delusions of yesteryear, by the misconceptions of the role of a medium-sized economy and nation-state in tomorrows world, unmindful of the wishes of the generations yet to come.
And it’s tragic that a generation has betrayed a younger generation. Sad that government denied Britain’s historical role at the centre of Europe. Sad that they stood down from their position as one of the leading countries of our sort in the world.
They gave up power.
Let’s be realistic here, Brexit was, is, and has been misrepresented, and the people of the United Kingdom didn’t really understand what they were voting for, but regrettably due to our democratic beliefs we have to accept the consequences, like it or not, and run with the new predicament we the people find ourselves in.
How strange this country will be when Brexit is proved to fail and the people who brought it to our door all leave to remain comfortable, whilst those of us who can’t leave strive to live through it.
There’s definitely no advantage to Brexit, nothing save ridiculous kindergarten jingoistic slogans, and leaving the European Union is simply an unattainable goal by the right win Euro haters who’s goal can never be realistically achieved in full.
At the end of the day, the Tory government should have had those Brexit negotiations well and truly sorted by now, but they were merely too far out of depth and incompetent to deliver Brexit for the people who voted for it, and the government needs to end any kind of Brexit urgently before they push this country off a cliff edge.
To be fair I’d prefer my food source to be from the EU. I don’t want GM food from the USA, and I’d like my food to be cancer free and relatively fresh, and we’re on a slippery slope to nowhere, and in the process of antagonising our closest allies and friends.
So, since the politicians can’t decide on what deal to go with, why don’t we simply send it to the people to decide? And since the Leavers are so happy with democracy and confident about their position, put Remain as an option, this would be the most democratic option because we shouldn’t be selective in our use of the democratic process, and we should be more comprehensive.
After all, democracy isn’t static, people are entitled to change their opinions, and just because you vote one party one year, doesn’t mean that you’ll vote for them in the next election. It’s never too late to end this economic madness, and there were countless people who voted for Brexit who had no idea of the consequences of this aberration.
I’m not really sure what we have to gain by coming out of the European Union, and I do appreciate everyone’s views! But by leaving the European Union the United Kingdom will have to give the EU £39 billion in order to break away, that’s a lot of money to be shelling out when we really don’t have to.
And even though a transition period has been granted to enable the United Kingdom time to adjust, which means that if the withdrawal agreement gets the green light, there will be no huge changes between the date of Brexit and 31 December 2020.
So, has our government supported the Withdrawal Agreement, well, no, they have voted against it three times.
If the Bill fails, then the way ahead is completely unclear, although senior politicians have warned it would lead to either leaving the EU without a deal, or Brexit being cancelled entirely. Of course, it’s still written into law that the United Kingdom will be leaving, even though the deadline has changed, three times, although the European Court of Justice has said that the UK could cancel Brexit altogether without the agreement of other nations, but politically, it’s not expected to happen.
The two-year period outlined by Article 50 came to an end on 29 March 2019, and unless all 28 EU countries agreed to prolong that period, the withdrawal agreement will have to be done and dusted well before then, and with no withdrawal agreement that would further mean there wouldn’t be any transition period following Brexit.
Instead, there would be a sudden break in UK/EU relationships, so a “no deal” needs to be taken extremely precariously, and there’s no point in looking tough under pressure regards these negotiations, it won’t get the government anywhere.
However, some advocates of Brexit say that it would mean that the United Kingdom wouldn’t have to pay the divorce bill to the EU, although that’s an argument that would presumably end up in court, and most definitely rile the other side.
There would be no specific arrangement on the future rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU, and border checks would have to be re-imposed, and transport between the United Kingdom and the European Union would be seriously affected.
The UK would become a “third country” with considerably less access to the EU single market, and the UK’s involvement with the European Union would suddenly be ruled not by the common rule and regulations that have been built up over more than 40 years but by general international public law.
It’s worth highlighting that the UK government says it doesn’t “want or expect a no-deal scenario”, yet it’s stepping up contingency planning.
One major issue is timing, and if both sides decide reasonably quickly that negotiations will not succeed and that a “no deal” is extremely reasonable, they will at least have numerous months to prepare.
But if there is a last-minute glitch, that would prove very challenging. That’s when people talk of a cliff-edge Brexit, and there will be numerous priorities, and some of them are rather obvious, and that will be to guarantee the supply of essential services, and those highlighted were the need to protect supply chains for food and medicines under the almost unimaginable scenario of a cliff-edge departure, and the Department of Health has already stated that it would stockpile medicines.
And it was further mentioned that there would be a need to try to negotiate a range of bilateral agreements with individual countries to enable aircraft to fly if the UK left the European Aviation Safety Agency with no new arrangements in place.
Currently, 100,000 International Driving Permits are issued every day by 89 post offices around the country, but in the first year following a no-deal Brexit, those figures would increase to a predicted 4,500 post offices issuing up to seven million permits, to take into account journeys into the EU.
In other words, every area of the economy needs to be ready for no deal, just in case. In other words “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”.