Was a little rushed this morning, and skipped over a few things.
The direction of travel suggests to me that the question of triggering Article 50 is going to be the major issue of the 2020 election.
There is a little more to this statement than the perpetually pushed back triggering of Article 50. The largest of which is the future of the currently dysfunctional United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
One of Mrs. May’s first official visits was to Holyrood Palace for an audience with the Queen of the North, the Great Nicola of Dreghorn. The reported content of their conversation was that there would be no invocation of Article 50 until there was agreement on a negotiating position within the Union.
Right. That’s going to happen in short order. Or, more likely, never.
It’s another one of those “evil genius, purely evil, or extremely shrewd” moments for the press to consider. Is the Queen of the North now on the hook to absorb the heaped opprobrium of little england as she valiantly saves them from their idiotic impulses?
Is it an excuse to moan, “If it wasn’t for that stubborn Scot we’d have taken back our country by now!” Or, more of a “Oh please Brer Fox, whatever you do, please don’t throw me into the briar patch”?
It’s pretty obvious that it puts another checkpoint in front of any call from the swivel eyed brigade – “we must respect the view of our partners in the Union… or are you prepared to be responsible for it’s destruction?!”
We may never know for sure one way or the other, but it’s very hard to see it as anything other than a delaying tactic.
Following on from Scotland is a report today that:
there will be no return to border checks for people entering the UK from the Republic of Ireland despite Britain’s vote to leave the EU.
That’s generations worth of clusterfuckery to be resolved! It’s not clear to me how it’s possible to have an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland when one is part of the EU, with freedom of movement, and the other is fortress england. The obvious solution would be to introduce a hard border between Northern Ireland and little england… you can imagine how well that would be received in the Union.
In a lot of ways the unknown fate of Northern Ireland is one of the hardest parts of the referendum result to accept. It seems impossible to me that Cameron could ever gambled with the fragile peace in that region. The Good Friday agreement relies on Ireland and the UK being members of the EU to facilitate freedom of movement over the border. Is the potential resumption of The Troubles a reasonable outcome of internal Tory party spats really a price worth paying? Earlier when i referred to Cameron as “a political midget” i meant no offence to midgets…
And Wales? Well, Wales is fucked. As the song goes, “if you go to bed with the pigs, you wake up with the pigs”.