Brexit brinkmanship serves no one well
In six months the United Kingdom will leave the European Union and all sides seem to be involved in brinkmanship. Theresa May once again faces the possibility of resignations from her Cabinet as she tries to find a compromise in her position that will both please Brussels and survive a vote in the House of Commons.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Unionist Party continually churns out threats of action that would amount to bringing down the Prime Minister’s administration, perhaps proving Machiavelli was correct to say: “Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe.”
We reveal today that EU officials are warning of the threat to rural communities if funding currently administered by the bloc is not matched by the UK Government after next March. This is no doubt another move by some within the bloc to manoeuvre itself into a better negotiating position.
Real lives will feel the effect of political games, however. Our rural economy is vital not just for those farmers and their families who depend directly on it but for local high streets, shops and suppliers.
Negotiations are close to conclusion one way or another, then it will be over to elected politicians in London and Brussels. All must consider how their votes will impact on the people they are paid to serve, their constituents.