It seems quite likely that the old adage, ‘Money makes the world go round’ will soon be proven true. The British cabinet have approved a larger sum - yet to be precisely admitted to - to put on the table with the EU to get them interested in talking about trade deals. It has always been the case that Britain would need to buy itself out of the entanglements and bureaucracy of the EU, partly because the EU are incensed that the second largest budget contributor has decided to leave and partly out of utter pique that we have dared to implement such a move. It has been clear for a long while that EU strategy is to apply embarrassment and pain upon Britain but we need to remain resolute in the face of this juvenile behaviour and forge our way through. If that way through emerges after some agreement on the three principles of Brexit, the main one being money, and we make our divorce payment terms wholly conditional upon a satisfactory trade deal that we see as advantageous then that is a bonus; if, however, the terms of such a deal are onerous, conditional upon this, that and the other then we should hold our heads high, smile at the EU, pack our papers together and walk away - and walk away without paying them a penny. This is not a petty response, it is the right response to an intransigent EU determined to make the departure as difficult as possible. And we should not be bullied by bureaucrats over our future sovereignty.
Where our government is likely to stumble, however, is in their lack of vision, faith and commitment to what Britain is capable of without an EU deal and my suspicion is that we will see a fawning, almost begging stance adopted when the EU say the money situation remains insufficient. This is the inevitable outcome of weak government, poor preparation and weak negotiating and a preparedness to submit, meekly, to brazen and abrasive EU behaviour and is exactly the reason why this government should not be sanctioned to continue in office until 2022. We can do better than this, we deserve better than this, we can be infinitely stronger than this and we can trade independently of the EU without having to pay them some seedy bribe purely to fulfil some nasty little political power play. But in wishing this government gone we should be wary of the alternative - the blind and visionless Utopia of text book socialism - and we should prepare our national position through the influential lobby groups of industry, finance and political and economic reform to ensure that there is a plan to facilitate that what we vote for is what we get (and that should be an informed vote resulting from electoral changes that put proportional representation at the forefront). We should no longer tolerate governments that speak for less than a third of our population, we should legislate to regulate parliament and political parties to find the best possible ways of getting the right people in the job and we should encourage cross-party collaborations (not as coalitions but as willing participation) to make doubly sure that the best characters, best minds and most experienced get a seat at the government table. That is what Britain deserves. It won’t happen overnight, but a start needs to be made and I challenge these influential lobby groups to work together to force through the changes to our governance and system of governance and bring weak and self-interested government to an end. My parting shot on this topic is that Britain, via its government, believes it has a unique world position on sovereignty and parliamentary practise. They should waken up to the 21st century, for our government does not qualify to take such an arrogant position.
As for the EU and Europe as a whole, it is surprising to see their own lack of reality in what is happening about them. Does the EU in particular really believe that it can forge a united Europe with common goals, common strategies and policies and common regulation ? They may all be reluctantly united against Britain’s departure for financial loss reasons, but my whiskers are twitching with the notion that they really are pretty much disillusioned with this federal experiment now that they know the budget coffers will not be quite as swollen in their favour. As the saying goes, ‘Money makes the world go round...’