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Talk talk August 8, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Well, there’s little surprise in the following – from a former insider in the UK diplomatic establishment that:

Britain’s negotiations over leaving the European Union have not begun well due to infighting among Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet over the kind of deal they are seeking.

Simon Fraser, who until 2015 was the most senior civil servant at Britain’s Foreign Office and the head of the UK Diplomatic Service, said the UK government needed to put forward a clearer position.

But consider how dismissive Jeffrey Donaldson was of Dublin’s concerns expressed last week in relation to all this. Dublin ‘would have to wait a little longer’.

Perhaps he shouldn’t be quite so dismissive… Fraser notes that:

“The negotiations have only just begun, I don’t think they have begun particularly promisingly, frankly, on the British side.

“We haven’t put forward a lot because, as we know, there are differences within the cabinet about the sort of Brexit that we are heading for and until those differences are further resolved I think it’s very difficult for us to have a clear position,” he told BBC Radio.

Whatever one’s views on Brexit this is a potential catastrophe for workers on these islands in the making. There’s far too much complacency that a deal will be done as if it’s just that simple. But as noted by others, even of a critical but clearly Leave complexion, the reality appears to be that the British government doesn’t even understand the nature of the challenges facing it. And if that assessment is accurate then the collateral damage to this island is likely to be very severe indeed.

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1. GW - August 8, 2017

The ‘make it go away already’ part of my addled brain is hoping that there is a hard Brexit in March 2019. Then at least we can move on, and, if there is a Labour government then some of the Lexiteers’ theories about the viability of social democracy / socialism / whatever-your-having-yourself in one nation can be tested.

But then the less lazy part considers the manifold probable collateral damage.

But it looks increasingly likely there will be some kind of transitional Lichtensteinian fudge because the Brits will not/can not get their act together and the whole thing will hang around for another half a decade, decade or more.

Groan.

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2. Jim Monaghan - August 8, 2017

“But it looks increasingly likely there will be some kind of transitional Lichtensteinian fudge because the Brits will not/can not get their act together and the whole thing will hang around for another half a decade, decade or more. This will have consequences. Investment does not like the unknown.

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