Brexit Britain lost at sea

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CHALLENGING TIMES: For Prime Minister Theresa May.

Theresa MAY is facing challenging times. For starters, her first EU summit as PM was particularly thorny as the rest of the club strongly objected to the UK’s wish to stay firmly ‘in’ until it’s ‘out,’ namely, remain at the centre of EU decision-making until it leaves. For EU leaders, she looked like one of those school bullies turning up at the ‘good’ kid’s birthday party desperately wanting to be let in after making themselves downright unwanted. As one EU official put it: “When somebody wants to leave a club, it is not normal that such a member wants to decide about the future of this club.” Another was even blunter: “How this is going to end, no one knows. For now, the train is heading towards a wall.” Then we have Jeremy Corbyn accusing Theresa May of staging a “chaotic Brexit,” and Nicola Sturgeon branding Brexit talks “deeply frustrating.” Quite apart from the falling pound and rising inflation, all this comes amid hints that leading banks are set to hit the relocate button early next year and news that the French-speaking part of Belgium blocked a planned EU-Canada trade deal, prompting fears as to which of the 27 parliaments could similarly veto any post-Brexit UK deal. The first 100+ days of Theresa May’s premiership have been filled with unnerving developments. No firm plan or negotiating position on Brexit apparently, except Article 50 being triggered next year. Recruitment of civil servants and negotiators still behind required targets, no firm control over the three Brexiteers and continually having to tick them off. By 2020, Cameron could actually compare favourably to May, a feat that would have seemed unimaginable following the referendum. To many, it seems that the UK is now like a rudderless ship, the captain having neither charts nor compass. Nonetheless, its crew are all on deck, brandishing Union Jacks and singing Rule, Britannia! Someone please say they’re barking up the wrong tree? Dear aliens, last week I wrote I’d had enough of the forthcoming TrumpoBrexalypse! Still waiting for you to invade and rescue me… Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘No Way Back’, ‘Landscape of Lies’, ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.79) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity.

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  1. TM has not got an easy job but I can only guess she knew that before taking the post. I think/hope she is up to it and taking on all the dagger throwing politicians, maybe those from other parties should show more interest in what they are actually supposed to be doing than try to dagger her, Sturgeon has huge problems in her constituency and in Scotland, probably because her self-interested break from the UK is taking all her time up rather than doing what she should be doing but I have an inkling that she is coming close to her downfall as the sensible Scottish are starting to see through her now.

    When you read that an EU official says: “When somebody wants to leave a club, it is not normal that such a member wants to decide about the future of this club.” it makes you glad that you are going to leave the club… but sadly we have not left the club yet and won’t be for a while so of course we should be involved in the discussions until that time comes!

    The fact of a country vetoing a deal on Brexit being a possibility is another reason we should just make the hard Brexit break, then if the EU want to make concessions or a deal with us then they can put that forward, the ball should be played as it is in out court because at the end of the day… it is!

    The EU is going to collapse but it is not Brexit’s fault, it is the fault of the idiots who are running it and the EC, it has been on the cards for a while now, Brexit is just the start of it.

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