Theresa May suddenly realised the scope and the detail of Brexit when she attended the G20 Summit on 7-8 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Up until then, she seems to have thought that she could manage it all by herself. Her sacked Aides were known for their arrogance. Has it masked ignorance?
In an effort to delegate policy of how to leave Europe she asked Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis. However they argued over the detail, in public. Mr Hammond wanted a gradual exit to cushion the economy and Mr Davis stated also in public that the UK would leave the EU and Customs Union in March 2019. She must have wanted to wring their necks.
Now the Gove, that elusive but confused chameleon has made the fundamental mistake of a Company Director out of his depth. In February we all lauded settling of the EU Fishing Policy where we would have a 200-mile band around our coastline for us to fish alone. (That does beg the question of our 22-mile barrier with France and does that mean we can fish 200 miles inland on their lakes?)
Of course a 200-mile barrier is daft in the North Sea but M. Gove told the Danes that they could fish in UK waters. His office said it was about how near the British coast can they fish? M.Gove sees this as a freedom. When we all thought the fisheries policy was mainly settled, why must he muddy the waters? The translation of the Danish meeting was made by a Scottish MP.
The tragedy for other policies is that during the 14 months after the UK voted to leave the EU, there was no plan made. Theresa May’s boorish aides stamped down on discussion and were known for their arrogance.
Where are the female MP’s? Women are just as good at arguing as their male counterparts and could spell triumph instead of the disaster we seem to be rumbling towards.
And whose stupid idea is it to leave the Customs Union? I remember 25 years ago in France, outside any Customs Union, having to stand up for the British government who refused to accept French lamb in retaliation for the French ban on our beef. Please, we do not need repetitions of this childish apolitical behaviour.
We need a plan for each Department of Government and sharpish. Is anyone listening?