Allow me to suggest, belatedly, to Theresa May, that we have been honoured by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, as he has spent the best part of a year, finding people who can best help the UK to leave the EU.
Time waits for no man and certainly not for us. In the political murkiness which has followed this UK General Election, please surround yourself with MEP’s, who know the EU system. Let us be assured that the EU is one enormous system and you don’t know your path through it. It does not matter what political creed the MEP’s follow, only that they want the best for our country.
Surrounding yourself with people from across Parliament who are experts on Europe, each with their own speciality, is how we will leave easily. Unfortunately, according to The Guardian, (13 June), an EU Ambassador told them that we do not appear to know what we want let alone how to get it. I have wondered about that for a long time.
Our response looks rough and ready, due to the lack of time between the Election on 8 June and start of Brexit talks on 19 June 2017. Negotiations are best made by using the best people and never by one person. That would be a dictatorship and we are a democracy. Moreover the Referendum last year gave the majority to people wanting to leave.
We have a Department for Exiting The EU (DExEU) under Conservative MP David Davis. Unfortunately half of the Ministers have resigned, most recently the well-regarded peer George Bridges, against the wishes of David Davis, amid reports he had doubts about the UK’s Brexit strategy. Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a Treasury Minister in charge of communicating Brexit to the City also announced her resignation. (Dan Roberts, Daniel Boffey & Jennifer Rankin 13 June AFP News)
Now the EU insists on a formal opening of Brexit talks with a British Minister present, to lend credence, which is enough to annoy the calmest of negotiators. The British wanted to get on with talks between officials. The EU wants four-weekly cycles of negotiation, each one about one speciality. That makes sense.
If Theresa May saves our beloved country by sorting out our policies and way forward for exiting the EU, then she will save herself as well.
Wish us luck.