It’s hard to spend time talking about the political climate in the UK without saying a few words about Brexit.
Surprisingly, I’ve had very little to say on the matter in recent weeks, so I thought it was time to take a small portion out of my day to investigate the ongoing negotiations that, so far, have made no progress whatsoever. Sometimes I think if people realised how much of a farce leaving the EU would be, they might think differently about their choice to leave. I don’t know what will happen after we leave the EU (neither does anyone else) but if negotiations so far are a precursor for what’s to come, I can’t say I’m filled with much confidence.
Round 2 of negations begin next week, and it’s clear that the British public, the people who will be affected the most by the deal and the people who actually decided to leave, will be kept in the dark about what’s being negotiated. I understand the desire to keep it under closed doors until a final deal is done, I just believe, as with many political issues, that it’s our right to know whats going on. Hell, televise the negotiations, I’m sure that might even get higher ratings than Love Island.
The news dominating today’s headlines centre around a statement made by Boris Johnson who said the EU can “go whistle” if it demands a large payment from Britain as part of Brexit. “I am not hearing any whistling, just a clock ticking,” said the EU negotiator, a stark reminder that British demands could lead to that scary “no deal” situation.
The problem with negotiations are no doubt caused by either sides persistent stubbornness. I’ve been given no reason to trust the David Davis’s (The Brexit Secretary) ability to negotiate a great deal for this country. It’s been made clear by the EU that no formal position has been presented in regards to what will undoubtedly be a financial settlement to leave the EU. With some estimates suggesting this could be as high as £100bn, it’s probably about time we made a clear stance on what we’re willing to pay. We might even need to give that magic money tree another shake.
I hope we get everything in order, whether you voted remain or leave, we need to make sure this works out best for us all.