Inching Towards A Way Out?

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.


2 thoughts on “Inching Towards A Way Out?”

  1. Unfortunately, I must express strong disagreement with this blog posting.

    The day after the EU Referendum, I commented on the blog of Charles Crawford as can be found here in full.

    Relevant to this blog posting and discussion are my reasons for voting BREXIT, which follow.

    “[Thirdly,] comes the UK position on its future relationship with the EU. Here I can only give my personal opinion as to why I voted ‘Leave’. Unlike a great many commentators, and also clearly opinion-polsters, I cannot see into the hearts and minds of my fellow voters. My main wishes for change from the status quo are: (i) full return of political sovereignty to the UK peoples through their parliament; (ii) removal of all foreign courts of law having any jurisdiction over the UK in its own territory; (iii) the re-instigation of full responsibility for immigration policy to the UK government. What should remain unchanged is free movement of goods and free movement of capital (the latter being something we have with many other nation states, so not special to the EU). Also, surely obviously, settled migrants both ways should have their current status preserved and not be required to return to their countries of origin. New rules should not prevent the ongoing labour of seasonal migratory workers (eg in agriculture and tourism). There should be sensibly pragmatic (so automatic) visa-waiver rules between the UK and EU for tourists and for those currently with second (or more) homes.”

    The problem with all aspects of the EEA, EFTA as currently exists, the Single Market and the Customs Union are that the UK in any single one of those would still be subject to EU law overriding UK law. This issue of true sovereignty was my original strongest motivation in voting Leave. It remains my primary and unavoidable requirement for the future.

    Best regards

    1. Soveregnty is my main concern as well. What you say about the EEA is not correct, it would be a very good staging post as a means of initiating a clean exit. TH elong term aim of course is to leave even that, but it is quite possible to imagine the EU collapsing before then…

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