16 October 2018

london tax brexit public sector ukfastThe whole world is looking at the House of Commons and our government right now. They’re waiting with bated breath to see how the UK handles Brexit. All eyes are watching.

So, to witness the absolute shambles in the House as the leader of our country announced her plans for our future was embarrassing to say the least. As Theresa May said, “We are entering the final stages of these negotiations,” she was met with laughter in the House.

Whatever your political preference, hearing naysayers vocally jeering the Prime Minister before she even began to discuss her points was jaw-dropping.

This is a global stage; everyone is looking to the House to see what will happen with Brexit negotiations. Other countries with which we intend to trade are watching, as are other members of the EU.

Yes, the Commons is a place for debate and democracy, but are our leaders really conducting themselves in the way they should? Are they ever going to reach the best outcome by jeering at one another?

If a child behaved like that at the dinner table, they would be disciplined. I certainly would not expect this behaviour in a board room, never mind from our country’s leadership team!

I have commented before on the shouting and shambolic nature of the House during Budget announcements and the like. It’s hard to believe that this behaviour is continuing as we debate one of the most important changes to our country this century.

Making your voice heard

Whilst those jeering may see it as an opportunity to have their voices heard, in fact they are ensuring that our country looks foolish, disjointed and disorganised to the rest of the world. Are European leaders going to take May seriously when she is being publicly laughed at by her own party?

Regardless of political persuasion, at this stage, May has been tasked with negotiating our exit from the EU. The focus should be on how we support the best outcome there, not on party politics or, ridiculously, infighting within the party.

Boris Johnson seems to have led the charge here, taking every opportunity to disregard May’s plans and put himself forward as a more viable alternative.

I think it was Queen Victoria who talked of the glass wall principle. This meant that whatever happened or was said in a meeting, if someone from the outside were to look into the meeting through a glass wall, they would see peaceful discussions. This is incredibly important. Only those in the room know the full context to conversations. They could all leave the room with a positive outcome but if there were heated discussions to reach this outcome and people were overheard shouting or seen as being aggressive or dismissive of one another, that’s ultimately the ripple that will spread throughout the rest of the organisation.

By this same principle, regardless of how we are currently perceived on a global stage, even if we reach an incredible Brexit deal, the memorable image is of our leader being laughed at by the rest of our country’s leaders.

Instead, the government should be employing a degree of decorum, being professional and debating Brexit in an appropriate manner. Certainly not by dragging each other down.

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