I wouldn’t normally go on about the subject of Brexit, see my previous post, it’s a mess any way you look at it!
But, just as there seemed to be some way through the tangle of money, egos, grandstanding, and the views of 27 European countries half of whom seem to want to strangle Britain – simply because it NEEDS to leave the group (European Union) …….. along comes Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP (Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party) who are now ‘propping up’ Teresa May’s fragile majority in the House of Commons, and refuses to play ball.
OK, she has a point. After all those years when terrorism reigned in Ireland, and the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland was a killing field, we have finally had a few years of peace, a peace that took years and much work to achieve, and no one wants to go back.
The border at Killeen (viewed from the UK side) marked only by a metric (km/h) speed limit sign
And yet. when we leave the European Union we will have a glaring weak spot. Eire is not part of ‘Great Britain’ and therefore are able to stay in ‘Europe’, Northern Ireland is, and will be leaving Europe. All that will separate the European Union and the ‘United Kingdom’ will be a rambling border that runs through a great deal of unpopulated rural country, and border security is almost impossible to regulate.
Even worse, all the politicians and those wise people who would normally say “this is the answer to the problem”, literally cannot see any way to solve it. So we were going to try and continue our negotiations with a “fudge” – ie: give us time, we’ll solve it somehow!
As I said before, I want us to leave the European Union, but we will always be part of Europe. Its nothing to do with immigration, as I see it, its about keeping our independence. When we joined in 1973 – and finally had a referendum in 1975 – no one expected that most of our laws would be made by Europe, or that we would be so tangled up with rules about how straight a cucumber should be! Let alone how expensive membership has become.
The Leaders of the Union are not actually voted for by the membership, and those making the negotiations so difficult for us have no political validity for their role. We have been gradually allowing them to have the decision making status for the UK, without actually realising where they are taking us. Plans are afoot to form armies, and tighter regulations to keep the members of the EU from making their own laws, as well as fiscal decisions.
To my mind, its definately time to get out. It’s been great at times, there has been a lot of collaboration across the continent, within individual businesses and universities. There is no reason for us not to continue with those, but we have become rather like children, allowing the parents to make all our decisions.
IT’S TIME FOR US TO GROW UP AGAIN & TAKE BACK CONTROL OF OUR LIVES!
If only we knew how to do it! We seem to have lost the ability to make sensible plans as the recent budget showed, and to have run down the NHS and the social services so badly with the Austerity Programme, that we have very little left that works, and have sold off so many of our assets
that we no longer own a great deal of our country!
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