The trouble with Brexit

The news that the Irish border is becoming the key battleground in the talks over Brexit comes as no surprise. As I’ve said before, British Prime Minister Theresa May would have better spent her time in Dublin hashing things through with the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his predecessor, rather than fussing about endlessly skittering back and forth to Brussels over the past two years, having bunfights with Tusk and the like.

Arlene Foster of the Democratic Unionist Party and her fellow Northern Irish MPs appear to be living in some sort of cloud cuckoo land, where they can have both their cake, and eat it too. Meanwhile, businesses on both sides of the Irish border look on anxiously and try to plan for a future where the people allegedly in charge apparently have little idea of how to resolve these issues. It is a sad state of affairs.

I will say this — the Brexiteers have very little insight into what they would do in PM May’s place. What they like to do is just shoot everything down. It is very easy to be an armchair critic, and that seems to be what the David Davises and Boris Johnsons of this world are good at.

What are they going to tell the dairy processor (don’t know whether you all caught Dale Farms on BBC News this morning or not) who is trying to navigate the sale of products across the Irish Sea, and across to Europe? How do they plan for this?

For a political party who claims to be pro-business, the Conservatives apparently are not very good at it. And the Brexiteers then tell off and try to stymie a person who is actually trying to sort out this elephantine mess.

What they should do is get out of the way. Shut up from the sidelines and let her do the job she was drafted in to do. Theresa May was not my choice for PM, but I think she’s the woman for the job now, and good luck to her. It will be a long winter.

 

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