Where’s Bri­tish sense of fair play in di­vorce?

Belfast Telegraph - - LETTERS -

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

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