9 July 2018

london tax brexit public sector ukfastI had been planning to write today’s post about David Davis resigning his post as Brexit secretary. Having thought about it, I held off posting the content with a view to waiting for further news.

Why? Because I couldn’t help but feel that more would follow.

Sure enough, just a few hours later, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced his resignation from the cabinet.

A huge personality and vocal Brexiteer, Boris’s exit is an challenging move for the leading party of our country.

I remember seeing a photograph of Theresa May with the completed proposal to take to Brussels following the government’s debate around it. In the background David Davis has a knowing smile. Perhaps he already knew that he would leave the party before the proposal could progress any further.

The Conservatives’ reputation of being distracted by in-fighting is proving to be true once again, unfortunately at one of the most critical times for our country. It’s impossible not to feel for Theresa May when senior members of her team leave in this situation. Perhaps in the long run, today has removed two large thorns from her side, allowing her to focus on the party-agreed path for Brexit.

Ultimately whether you are Labour or Tory, we all need Brexit negotiations to be successful and go well. This is much bigger than a five-year political cycle, and more about the future health of our country. Once we are out of the EU, it would be very difficult to re-engage with them.

A full understanding

This seems to be the latest in a long line of catastrophic events throughout the Brexit negations. I will never forget seeing an image of three UK representatives meeting with three EU representatives to negotiate terms. The three Brits were empty handed. The EU reps had notebooks at the ready, alongside ring binders full of information. You never turn up to a negotiation with being prepared! Showing up to a meeting like that without the relevant information shows a lack of respect for the demands of the other side of the negotiation. Without properly understanding what both sides of the argument need, there is no why to find a compromise or solution. It’s that simple.

When you look back to the initial referendum, it seemed everyone knew what we had being part of the EU but no one, not even the Leave campaign, fully understood the impact of what would happen if we were to leave.

The country is in turmoil, jobs are being moved to the continent or further afield, huge retail businesses are failing one by one, and it’s because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Seeing so many senior figures leaving in such a short space of time doesn’t seem like coincidence to me. It’s jenga politics at its finest, and one piece at a time is being removed. Until the game stops, it seems that we have to carry on regardless and try not to be distracted by yet more uncertainty.

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