Mod­ern ver­sion of the Da­negeld

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

THE only ace that Brus­sels holds in the ne­go­ti­a­tions is the knowl­edge that a large pro­por­tion of the tax­payer-funded po­lit­i­cal class is de­ter­mined to frus­trate the process of Brexit.

The UK holds the ul­ti­mate trump card, money. The UK’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion should be clar­i­fied.

We leave in March 2019, we ac­cept WTO rules, the pay­ments to the EU in the fi­nal year will be paid into ESCROW ac­counts in a con­sor­tium of Swiss banks, and re­leased as and when the deal is fi­nalised.

In the in­terim we will ne­go­ti­ate trade deals with the rest of the world to be signed on the day that we leave. Any con­ve­nient ar­range­ments with the EU or its mem­ber states will be re­cip­ro­cated.

Those of us who want Brexit bag and bag­gage are not ide­o­logues who want to re­store the Bri­tish Em­pire, we re­sent the idea of pay­ing £8bn-plus per year so that a bunch of un­elected crypto­fas­cists can reg­u­late our lives.

Rud­yard Ki­pling said it all, “and that is called pay­ing the Da­negeld. But we’ve proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Da­negeld, you never get rid of the Dane”. John Lewis Betws, Brid­gend

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