There’s shambles, then there’s the Brexit shambles, which is taking things to a whole new level none of us have ever seen before. The UK has now added the dubious accolade of being home to the EU’s fudge mountain, because today’s Government communique contains more of that particular confectionary than a Rowntree’s warehouse!
After a day of speculation over the future of David Davis (will he or won’t he resign over a backstop date) he stays and a compomise is reached.
The revised paragraph now reads
“Time limiting the agreement
26. The UK is clear that the temprorary customs arrangement, should it be needed, should be time limited, and that it will be only in place until the future customs arrangement can be introduced. The UK is clear that the future customs arrangement needs to deliver on the commitments made in relation to Northern Ireland. The UK expects the future arrangement to be in place by the end of December 2021 at the latest. Thete are a range of options for how a time limit could be delivered, which the UK will propose and discuss with the EU”.
So, that’s clear then! A ‘time limit’ that is only an expectation is no time limit at all. And what if there’s no solution found by then?
I feel desperately sorry for the EU negotiators that this is the sort of rubbish they’ve got to deal with. How do you work with a UK government that hasn’t got a clue what it actually expects to get out of Brexit, but keeps coming up with things it can’t have or which have already been turned down. It must be as maddening for them as it is for us. The only difference is that we’re the poor sods lumbered with the consequences.
Meanwhile, it’s clear our Government still haven’t a clue what to do about the Irish border!
It’s hardly surprising that more and more Brexit Leaders are starting to make their excuses. Some of the voters who were conned by them are starting to realise this too as more and more bad news turns up without a Brexit unicorn in sight.