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BREXIT: endless blundering

30-11-2018

Ever since Prime Minister Cameron called for a referendum for internal Conservative Party reasons, British politicians have blundered on from the badly prepared referendum, the departure of the Brexiteers from Government, the unnecessary and failed elections and the complete ignorance about the issue of leaving the European Union after 43 years. In Britain the debate lartgely remained a national one with typical British,arrogance as if only the national debate  counted. No effort was made to understand the European side of the debate. Efforts to divide the 27 were of course made, but failed completely. The European negotiator Barnier did a brilliant job, kept the 27 united and finally offered a very good deal to the British.After so many years of British made disturbances, overwork, tension and conflict it is time that British politicians finally see the reality. The agreement id the best they can get. Another referendum, a government crisis or an effort to re-open negotiations can only lead to further postponement or the chaos of departure without agreement. Attached article offers a good analysis, unfortunately with a very British but unworkable proposal.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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