It has been said of the US Government that you can always rely on it to do the right thing, once it had exhausted all the alternatives.
Watching Mrs May’s bunch of intellectual cripples bumble around trying to square an impossible circle of their own creation, the best that we can hope for is that the same might eventually be true here.
The problem from the start has been one of a complete lack of leadership. May came to office armed with a supreme ignorance of what it was she was expected to accomplish, and the confident swagger of one whose underlings have always been around to brush the accumulated shit resulting from errors of ignorance or political expedience under strategically located carpets at least for long enough to allow her to move on to greater challenges. Unfortunately for her, and us, this is the most challenging task facing any UK premier since 1938/39 and her sound-bite based approach is simply not good enough.
As a result of Mrs May’s insistence that we leave the customs union and single market, which she and averybody else seem to conflate into a single entity they are overlooking the best possible solution to their woes.
It seems to be gradually dawning on the commentariat that the EEA would be the way out of our difficulties.
For many brexiteers this solution is derided as BRINO – Brexit In Name Only, but of course that is not the case. Nobody thinks that Switzerland or Normay are in the EU in any sense at all. Equally the idea that they are rule takers is nonsense as is the concept of “fax dimplomacy” – these were all insults hurled around in the primordial past before the referendum. The details of an eventual EEA agreement for the UK would not be necessarily identical to those of Norway or CH as there is considerable scope for customisation. An important advantage of rejoining EFTA (apart from not murdering our economy needlessly) would be that by doing so we would add very considerably to its political and economic weight which would lead to a massive improvement in decision making in many forums.
As an optimist I have always thought, right since the referendum and May’s idiotic first pronouncements, that we would eventually, around about two minutes to midnight, wake up to this solution. It’s about five to now, and it is time to start selling this solution to a jaded public which is fed up of the transparent bollocks they’ve been tossed to date.
Peter Hitchens in the mail has seen it:
A tiny gleam of light in the endless, swirling, flatulent fog of the European debate: The possibility that Britain may remain inthe European Economic Area, so getting rid of three quarters of the EU’s laws, while not madly damaging its trade with EU countries, is still just about alive. One day, people will realise what a good idea this is.