Is this the future for Britain? Brexit – a half baked ideology, promoted by half wit Nigel, voted for by half the population, most of whom did so half heartedly, half cocked negotiations, cheered on by a half-brained foreign secretary – and we’re not even quite half the way through the Article 50 timeframe. But do you want to know what really worries me? What should worry everybody, Remainer and Brexiter alike? The Conservative party has not a clue how to implement Brexit. Not a single clue. The front benches resort to waffle to desperately avoid anything of substance, fact or import for fear of upsetting their own back benches. The back benches split their time between insisting on policies which are either economically catastrophic or simply undoable, and threatening a coup if their will is not obeyed.
The cabinet have not stopped infighting for long enough to answer the question ‘what sort of relationship do we want with the EU’. They have come face to face with the reality of Brexit – it is an ideology. An impractical ideology. And the clock to March 2019 ticks on. It is an age old British problem, really. As a nation, we have always seen ourselves as part of Europe, whilst also separate from it. Now we have a government trying to formulate a coherent workable policy based on this contradiction. Alas, we can’t be half in, half out in some sort of permanent transitional half-way house.