Reuters reports that Prime Minister May has virtually reached agreement with EU negotiators on the terms of Brexit:
Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday to a transition period to avoid a “cliff edge” Brexit next year….Britain would remain effectively a non-voting EU member for 21 months until the end of 2020.
As an aside, “cliff edge” implies that the aftermath of Brexit is a long way down. As always, this assumes that such EU mandates that actually do good, will not be replaced by Parliament, that trade with the Continent will be prohibited, that consumers in Britain and the Continent will stop favoring each other’s goods, and that open-air space vacuums will open up where EU offices used to be and begin sucking pedestrians into them. In fact, as always, people will adapt to change, even to the reappearance of shrimp-flavored crisps at the pub.
So much for the putative problem. The stated remedy is for Britain to continue paying dues and charges to the Community, and renounce the ability to influence them for nearly two years, as penance for the decision to exercise its rights under treaty.
May I refer readers to a document dated 4 July 1776 in which colonists tried to cordially and patiently list to King George the reasons why he should take his troops and go f*** himself? Chief among these is that we colonials were suffering abuses from the Kingdom and that we had no redress other than to “dissolve the bonds.” The EU is not quartering troops in private homes, but many of the other complaints against the EU are just as serious. Why would May consider sacrificing Britain’s influence over the EU a good solution, even for an interim? -An interim which, including the run-up to the interim, comprises more than half of her current term? The only answer is that it is additional foot-dragging before full effect of a national decision that May does not view as favorable – indeed, views as a terrifying “cliff” – and does not want to happen.
(The remaining stumbling blocks to this agreement mostly revolve around the dilemma of the status of the border in Ireland, for which our Publisher has a fine solution, agree to a hard border but conduct business as usual.)
This is not to claim that the Colonies have learned a lesson about swiftly putting into effect the will of the people, as the Mother Country has not. Why, even before he was elected, Trump was gotten to stop promising to “repeal Obama-care” and start chanting, with his party, “repeal and replace” (alliteration, yes, very good, but replace with what?). The promise’s current form is “Shore up Obama-care” by continuing payment of taxpayer loot to health insurance companies so they would stop quitting the business entirely, to do, now by statute, what Obama had been doing lawlessly. The more of this you pursue, the sooner the underlying problem, a loathsome coercive arrangment, is forgotten.