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We now know that the recent delay in the EU negotiations timetable was not to do with some extraordinary PM announcement rather it was and is to do with the PM making a speech in Florence (how nice) that will try to describe the precise nature of what Britain wishes to get from Brexit.  If that speech contains substance and clear (although that is a much over-used word in politics) strategies and plans then we might just be able to manoeuvre into a more progressive negotiating position on trade and other matters.  What we don't know, of course, is whether the sentiment and objectives of the Brexit voting electorate will be upheld.  For example, will Mrs May's plans include some sort of transition and continuance of the customs union and single market arrangements ?  Will it try and artificially protect the financial sector to try and prevent any possible shift of its epicentre to Paris or Frankfurt ?  Will it include an acceptance of continuing British contributions to the EU budget for some extended period of time ?  All these questions, and more, are still to be revealed.   Yet the very fact that a proportion of the electorate have the suspicion that Brexit will become a cave-in to the vested interests of other factions is disturbing, for it highlights the fragile faith held in the government and that compromise on an extended scale will be the negative outcome of Brexit that more and more fear.

If Mrs May has any intention of remaining PM until 2022 then her Florence speech needs to allay these fears and put grit into the British bargaining position.  Brexit never was and should not become, a bargaining chip in European politics.  It was a definitive choice that the electorate expect to be delivered in its entirety.  Yes, there are many Remainers who feel that this is the wrong direction to pursue but it is, nevertheless, the legally mandated and freely chosen direction.  And there is little precise knowledge on either side of the argument as to what will happen when it happens, but it is important to ensure that the negotiating position is conducted with the ethos of Brexit very much in evidence.  If we throw that away then we are throwing away the constitutional right of the people to be heard on any other subject - it would be akin to returning to something like The Divine Right of Kings albeit exercised by opaque government.

My fear is that Brexit is being made into a serious muddle - often due to the obvious blocking and obfuscating strategies of the EU - and that trying to appease everyone only results in a weak and meaningless outcome.  We need a tougher approach, a less compromising approach and an approach that our negotiators actually believe in.  Have we got politicians at the coal face who can reflect these strengths ? - I fear not.  Have we got a PM who can galvanise our team to reflect these strengths ? - again, I fear not.  Have we got an opportunity to change the ball-game and conduct ourselves as loyal and passionate British citizens ?  Just about, but time is sliding by.   We have no time to lose trying to stick an Elastoplast over the divisions that currently exist rather we need a root and branch shift in our approach, our attitude and our intent to deliver Brexit as it was intended.

Don't prevaricate, Mrs May, don't wave your olive branch around and don't betray the British people.  Beef up, get strong and remain strong in the conviction that Brexit is an important deliverable.

As for Donald Trump, cannot Twitter cancel his account or something ?  Again, motor-mouth is at it, this time in Britain's internal security performance.  Whilst I'm all for government to get modern, this is one fellow who really does need to respect more and blurt less.  Also in the America's, I see Hillary Clinton has written yet another book (the last one I read was so full if gingoisms that it was a struggle to see much about her or beyond her own ego) which purports to explain why she lost the 2016 presidential election.  Some reviewers give her credit for putting at least some of the blame upon herself, but in all other respects she finger points in all manner of directions - ranging from former FBI chief, James Comey all the way through to Vladimir Putin and assorted politico's, journalists and governments in between.  Has anyone noticed the felling of a Giant Redwood somewhere ?  There must be one that's been hijacked, for Mrs Clinton carries one enormous chip on her shoulder.