What simple words we use to describe an enormous undertaking.
David Davis must start the talks in a few days’ time as beginnings are often ceremonial.
As this means such a lot to those who voted to leave in the recent Referendum, we really do need it to be steered by a cross-party committee. Just because your shirt is red or blue does not indicate negotiating ability and we need that in spades, focussed brains on leaving in the best way for us. Isn’t it great to think that the EU no longer has power over us. We don’t have to think about whether what we do correlates with their laws etc.
There is concern over whether we stay in the single market. We can negotiate from outside it. Besides, we have already been offered a seat on the Trans Pacific Alliance, which includes ex-Commonwealth countries. It is generous of them considering the way we dropped trade with them following our entry into the Common Market, as it then was.
If a soft Brexit means happy landings, then I am all for it, but we must be inclusive especially of a new group of voters: young people. Emboldened by Jeremy Corbyn, (that may well be his legacy) to vote, many for the first time means that we have to keep that interest. They are the ones to be most affected by Brexit and all parents will know that anyone over 25 is a dinosaur. Bluntly, they do not want Grandma making their life decisions.
It is ridiculous to suggest there will be no viable deal. Theresa May has suggested this in the past, but I hope that she has dropped it. I find it difficult to believe that any politician who voted ‘Remain’ is truly able to negotiate a way out of the EU.
It is admitted by Theresa May that she made a mess of the Election. It is just that she did not trust her Cabinet in the same way that many start-up business owners, find it overwhelmingly tempting to do it all by yourself, because you are the only one who can be trusted, right? It is a hard lesson to learn. At Prime-Ministerial level, there is no room for this and her Assistants were dreadfully arrogant to staff . Madness indeed. There is no room for failure here and making a mess here would be catastrophic for us all.
So it does matter how MP’s voted in the Referendum and I ask you to please only have MP’s who voted to leave the EU. I was delighted to see in today’s ‘Daily Telegraph’ * that Labour and Conservative MP’s are talking to each other. Hurrah! They are putting our country first, which is what MP’s come into Parliament to do as part of their job. It is not ‘cloak and dagger’ as the journalist seems to think. It is normal for MP’s to discuss it with each other and take back their thoughts to the Prime Minister. She is not Maggie Thatcher who decided everything and neither is she John Major, who took us out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism on 16th September 1992. (Actually we crashed out after the pound could not be kept above a pre-set rate.) But John Major kept his nerve. He believed in collective decision-making. Theresa May will grow in stature if she takes their views onboard and hopefully continue as Prime Minister. We just need faith.
We are caretakers of our beloved country. Every MP knows that and we rely on them to negotiate a graceful exit from the EU, for the next generation.
*(written by Kate McCann and Gordon Rayner)