AS Britain staggers toward the exit from the European Union I am constantly amazed that people in general, have lost the plot. Getting out of the European Union was never about fishing, or silly regulation it has always been about the Federalism (exemplified by the unworkable Eurozone) which is totally alien to the British people.
The idea that the UK should be part of an organisation driven by unelected bureaucrats that rules rough shod over its so called sovereign members is and always will be untenable. Evidenced by what has happened to Greece and the Iberian economies the EU still drives toward a federal state. The cost of running the EU is enormous and I have yet to see a statement of the resultant value set against the costs of this sprawling bureaucracy. UK has been a net contributor for the last four plus decades and whilst their has been ‘value’ the pendulum has swung well past the reasonable cooperation in trade and law toward to hugely catastrophic juggernaut which has lurched towards the elitist idea of a federal Europe.
Yes, we knew that the Brexit negotiation means just that and it would be and remains difficult to project the results, but that is the nature of the beast. Mrs May has been hesitant to draw red lines because I think she knows that getting out and resetting the agenda for a free UK is almost beyond value. Balancing the short term interests of the economy with the long term interests of UK is intensely difficult particularly when the EU has such complex and unclear objectives of neo federalism.
Getting out is right, the future beyond that exit is surely uncertain, but at least the UK will be able to steer its own democratic future.
Messrs Major and Blair were instrumental in not halting the aspirations of the euro mini states and the likes of Messrs Juncker and Tusk, who have been propelled into power they must only have dreamed of.
Release from the petty puppets of Brussels is worth some cost, the longer we demure the higher the cost. So, Mrs May, I wish you the best, but don’t be bullied by left or right, remember we are fighting for the right to remain an independent democracy and that’s surely worth a lot. We can argue interminably as to what that value is, but it will always be too much for some.