The Brexit botch up

Land of Hope and Glory
Mother of the Free
How shall we extol thee
Who are born of thee
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bounds be set
God who made thee mighty
Make thee mightier yet

This highly emotionally charged piece of music, arguably one of the best written, was mentioned on Backchat on Thursday night. It got me thinking about Brexit and the shambles currently happening in the House of Commons. It defies belief that the country that this song was written about could end up in such political chaos. The question is how did this come about?

The United Kingdom held a referendum and by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent voted to leave the EU. The then Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, to be replaced by Theresa May, who had voted to remain. This is where the problems began.

Instead of working out a deal that would be acceptable to her government and taking that to Brussels, she went cap in hand to ask what they might find acceptable as an exit deal. Immediately she gave up the advantage that the UK had, namely that the EU needs the UK more than the UK needs the EU. This is borne out by the terms of trade whereby the difference is ?95 billion in favour of the EU. In trade that the UK does with the rest of the world there is a ?28 billion surplus.

By grovelling to Brussels and thereby instigating lengthy negotiations Mrs May has ended up with a chaotic situation on her hands. MP?s can?t agree on her deal or any alternative path and are tying themselves up in knots trying to work out what LEAVE really means. Democracy has gone out the door, as the will of the people appears to be overlooked while MP?s argue amongst themselves as to what they can agree on. The Conservatives did themselves no favours by electing a leader who is a Remainer to argue for a hard Brexit, which is what was voted for. Trying to have a bob each way and satisfy both camps was never going to work, as Mrs May is now finding out.

Parliament is becoming a laughing stock, and if this continues, the words of another well known song lyric may well be in jeopardy.

Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves
Britons never,
never never
will be slaves.