Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Still nobody knows!

When the results of the referendum were announced in 2016 the implications were not apparant, to anybody, least of all to those who sought to disentangle the British state from the European Union.

Forty three years of constructive involvement in the development of this unique entity were to be cast aside. It seemed simple enough but as things progressed it seemed less and less easy to see how this could be done in an orderly fashion. How would standards developed under the auspices of the Union fare as they are developed and improved after Britain leaves with British involvement peripheral at best.

We watch aghast at the happenings in the British parliament and the lack of disciplined compromise which is arguable the great strength of true democracy. Ruefully may we recall that this has been styled the Mother of Parliaments.

We feel ruefully that the words of Mr Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (Administration of the EU), which we noted in the Summer/Autumn 2016 issue of Read-out are still unfortunately relevant and true. "I thought they had a plan!"

It is indeed disheartening that we still have no idea what is going to happen. There are three possibilities.

  1. The agreement hammered out between the British Government and the other twenty seven members of the union.
  2. No agreement - and Britain falls out of European Union.
  3. Withdrawal from the decision to leave (Paragraph 50).

Those choices must be made by 28th March 2019.

Uncertainty follows all of these uncertain choices.


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