Whose Brexit? December 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The last thing that the Europeans we are supposed to be “negotiating with” are prepared to do is let Britain off lightly: they are rightly terrified about a domino effect. It is “Brexit or nothing”. Yet in the fantasy land of current British politics, Brexiters and others are kidding themselves into believing that the others do not mean what they say. All this stuff about “soft Brexits” and “medium Brexits” is pie in the sky. I can hear Paul Whitehouse, in a revival of The Fast Show, asking: “How do you like your Brexit, madam? Rare or medium – or perhaps well done?”
In other words, as the headline notes, this is going to be ‘a Brexit that suits Europe, not one that suits us [i.e. the UK]’.
I still fundamentally disagree with him that Brexit, in the broad sense, is open to being blocked. I’m sure it’s not, and I’m pretty sure that would be a bad idea. But I do agree that the nature of Brexit was never sufficiently determined in advance and therefore any situation short of membership of the EU would accord with the intent of the vote.