Much ado about nothing ?

Much ado about nothing ?

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Brexiternity ..?

… through the means of false hope, false pride and promised advantages of the most romantic and improbable nature


Lord Chatham castigated the Whig majority in the House of Commons some 250 years ago for clinging to their lawful ‘right’ to foist a principle – their sovereign right of taxation – upon the American colonies

The American War of Independence sent this sovereign right plummeting – the miscalculations of the British Parliament at the time are best forgotten – and they were

The crusade led by Prime Minister Johnson in departing from the European Union is no less romantic and no less improbable…

Well received, for a while, in the court of public opinion, Brexit is another one of those binary principles which does not allow compromise

  • North American colonies would have to pay taxes – or they would not
  • British waters will be the UK's exclusive fishing grounds – or they will not…
  • The ‘playing field’, labor, social and environmental standards, to say nothing of yet-to-come data protection and privacy rules, or financial services regulations,  will stay 'level' – or it will not


Romantic principles have a way of stirring emotion and of nursing frustration

Reigning detached from life’s humdrum, the dream must remain whole or…turn nightmarish


Waking up to reality, a narrow path from dream to life’s practicalities must be found – or will not

Still in the dark, still blindsided by empty promises, facts remain facts, pointing the way



Industrial fisheries, relocated from Ireland to Belfast, could crush the British fish industry, and so would regulatory barriers locking the British fishermen out of the European market – enough reason to find a compromise

British manufacturing, at risk of losing their European export markets, can hardly restrict themselves to their domestic market by ignoring global  standards, either from Europe, often their preferred foreign customer base, or from the U.S. or from China, and they will not – another stubborn fact to be accounted for with a 'non-regression clause' which prevents either party to the negotiation from backtracking on current regulations


All told, if the path is narrow, it is not so much in negotiating a ‘deal’ between the UK and the European Union because the facts are known, and most probably recognized by both parties

The path remains perilous for the UK government in the court of public opinion because, from dream to reality, wake-up calls are hard to make

A face-saving solution of the lightest touch might be found and practicalities left to extensive technical negotiations, very far from the harsh light of political engagement, with little grandstanding and very, very late in the day …

Was it not the former UK Permanent Representative, Ian Rogers, who expected in 2016 dealings to last 10 years ? The clock is running...

Much ado about nothing ?


(1) Brexiternity, the Uncertain Fate of Britain, by Denis MacShane has been published in Oct. '19