The negotiations regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU have got off to a less than auspicious start. It was interesting to read one reader’s comment on today’s Telegraph View, recounted here.
The Telegraph View
‘The UK must be prepared to walk away from the Brexit negotiations without a deal (Note: Moraymint said as much here on Article 50 day). This week, Theresa May made a perfectly reasonable, even conciliatory, opening gambit to the EU. The EU has replied with insults and threats to the future of Gibraltar. If its goal is to tie us up in ridiculous distractions for two years, and even dictate the kind of economy that we will have after leaving, then Mrs May must make it clear that Britain would rather walk than talk.’
The Telegraph then expounded on this opening paragraph before finishing by saying that ‘when it comes to Brexit negotiations, the Prime Minister’s tone has been correct: fair but firm. Britain does not want to damage the EU; the Government has stated that it wants cooperation and good neighbourliness. But if the EU insists on punishing, humiliating, dictating and denying the UK the very economic freedoms it has been fighting for, then Britain must say goodbye. The rest of the world is waiting – and it glitters with untapped potential.’
Mr Paul Berks’ View
A commenter by the name of Paul Berks then had this to say. ‘The only realistic position for the UK is to make a clean break, and now. We don’t need any transitional arrangements and we certainly don’t need any threats and further uncertainty. I spend my life negotiating and one thing is clear: if it is impossible to agree a win-win, then you have to walk away.
In this case, a win-win will be almost impossible to achieve owing to the misaligned interests of the 27 EU member nations and the political uber-class which rules them. We must be confident and secure in our choice to exercise our inalienable right to freedom and self-determination. With this approach, sense might prevail as the consequences become clear to the 27, and with the uber-class of Eurocrats getting overruled. However, if sense doesn’t prevail – so what?
The reason there is all this posturing around a payday is that the EU is bankrupt and so it aims to secure our taxpayers’ money to fund its black hole of subsidies and bureaucracy. Tell me, how is the EU going to collect on a bill which has no substance, no merit and no legal standing?
The EU has built layer upon layer of legislative and judicial protection for their soviet-style system to give them a semblance of democracy – but in fact it is a corrupt, cronyist system unmatched in history. We must not acknowledge or participate further in any of their charades as this only fuels the fire of dictatorship.
The Brexit process is partisan, flawed and illegal. Let’s just stick up two fingers and say enough is enough.’