Derbiean wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:17 pm
Common sense dictates we cancel brexit as no deal can be agreed by everyone and crashing out with no deal would be catastrophic for us* and the overwhelming majority of economic forecasts makes us worse off in all circumstances of leaving the EU, not to mention the civil service is crippled by internal rivalries and no clear direction from the government.
*For the working and middle class, the upper toffs will make a killing.
But there IS
overall agreement on what Westminster and "the people" want..... it's just slightly different and not something they'll admit to. They both want all the advantages they have now, none of the disadvantages and to be "in control". The UK (and mainly England) doesn't like being in a club they don't control and would far rather that the EU was like the Union, a false federation, centred on Westminster, where the concerns and/or thoughts of the other constituent states can be ignored if they threaten Westminster's advantage. The difference is that joe public neither knows nor cares about the detail, they just want it, NOW!. The politicians know it's impossible to deliver......
The EU have been wise to this from the beginning, they know exactly what they do and don't want - and said so at the outset. What is criticised here as intransigence is actually consistency, whereas successive wheeler-dealer UK "negotiators" have tried to duck and dodge - and presumed that the EU will buckle. But now, at the end-game, the EU are both frustrated and exasperated at the UKs inability to actually agree a gameplan, let alone carry it out.
Whatever the outcome, the UK has been shattered internally and has lost credibility through this disaster - and anyone who thinks there are sunny uplands to come via trade deals needs to consider who would be negotiating those deals..... the same people who have done so well with Brexit. Happy days!