Where’s British sense of fair play in divorce?
COULD someone kindly solve this conundrum? Not unsurprisingly, the Brexiteers are already beginning to prepare their excuses for their failure to deliver any sort of viable Brexit deal.
The blame will clearly be laid not on the oh-so-reasonable British, but on the perfidious Europeans, who have been totally intransigent and unreasonable. As usual, this position is a far distance from reality. The break from Europe has been likened to a divorce. In this notional marriage, partner A has spent the entire relationship bickering over their allowance from the family income. They have blamed their partner for every shortcoming in the marriage.
In addition, they don’t appear too concerned about the future of one of the family’s vulnerable dependants (Northern Ireland) and still want access to one of the partnership’s properties (the single market ). Moreover, it is partner A that has taken the first step in filing for divorce. In these circumstances, it is not really surprising that partner B acts in a particular way. What is not really credible is that the parties who suggested the divorce could be so naive as to believe that such a split could be both amicable and facile. Whatever happened to the supposed British attributes of common sense and, for that matter, fair play?
MT HARRIS By email