Call a truce

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

We are more than two years into Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions and are left with only a mat­ter of weeks to have an agree­ment with the EU in place, and the Gov­ern­ment has suc­ceeded in pro­vid­ing a plan which is un­ac­cept­able to its own MPS, Par­lia­ment in gen­eral and vot­ers of ei­ther per­sua­sion.

We have a for­mer min­is­ter pon­tif­i­cat­ing that it does not mat­ter if Brexit was cor­rect or wrong for the coun­try, we just have to get on with it more or less ir­re­spec­tive of the con­se­quences.

The Brex­i­teers’ main prize of a new trade deal with the USA has been trashed by Don­ald Trump. Due to the lack of pro­vi­sion for ser­vices rep­re­sent­ing 80 per cent of the econ­omy the now iron­i­cally named Lloyds of London is set­ting up sub­sidiaries in Brus­sels to be “at the heart of Europe” and is be­ing joined by other in­sur­ers and banks.

We are told that there are plans to stock­pile food­stuffs, air­fields are be­ing con­sid­ered for lorry park­ing for Dover, and gen­er­a­tors are be­ing ac­quired to pro­vide emer­gency back up for elec­tric­ity cur­rently supplied from Ire­land and main­land Europe.

Is this re­ally 2018 or have we trav­elled back in time? We need at least to call a truce in or­der to agree some form of ac­cept­able con­sen­sus or, prefer­ably, aban­don the en­tire project and con­cen­trate on the real ills of this coun­try, in­clud­ing un­der­funded NHS and so­cial care, aus­ter­ity, in­equal­ity and ris­ing num­bers in poverty, to name a few.

It seems that de­spite the wheels hav­ing al­ready come off the du­plic­i­tous red bus the pas­sen­gers are de­ter­mined to ca­reer on into the brick wall.


Player Green Liv­ingston, West Loth­ian


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