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BREXIT - time is running out

Posted by Frank Preiss, on 30 January 2019. Comments: 0

Just 8 weeks to go, and all our MPs could agree on was to ask Mrs May to go back to Brussels and renegociate her deal, something the 27 other countries have said over and over again they will not do.

The rules of the club were set well before we joined. The EU negociators are not playing games. In trying to leave, as one of them said recently, the British are try to "take the egg out of an omelette".

However, the truly abymal failure of the past 30 months has been to focus on the wrong question. We should have asked ourselves not how we might leave the EU but why. Why did we vote so overwhelmingly (67/33) to remain in the 1975 Referendum? What has has been so awful about our membership in the last 44 years that we now feel the need to leave?

This damaging crisis was engineered by a quite small number of publicity-seeking rabble-rousers and career politicians who have instilled in the population a mixure of phoney patriotism and outright fear by constantly repeating meaningless slogans or mendacious promises such as 'vassal state', 'taking back control' and 'freedom to make our own trade deals'.

Brexiteers never explain how we have managed for so long, or how membership of the EU has prevented our own government from tackling the undoubted hardships and injustices of the past decade.

Instead the promised 'bright uplands' of global independence darken with each revelation of 'easy' trade deals not agreed, each new departure of a company and/or its jobs to Europe, and the huge and frightening waste of time, money, resources and Britain's precious worldwide reputation all this has already cost us.

Brexit must be stopped. We must repair as much of the damage already done as we can. And if Europe needs reform, as it probably does, the UK should be on the inside helping, not a helpless bystander.

 

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