It’s really painful watching Brexit predictably turning our country into the world’s first example of voluntary, collective, national self-harm. For instance:
(1) On Friday last week, the Evening Standard’s front page headline was, “HOME OWNERS HIT BY DOUBLE BLOW: HOUSE PRICES FALL FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009; INTEREST RATES TO RISE SOON, SAYS BANK CHIEF”. Who can conceivably argue that the increased interest rates Mark Carney explained are inevitable after Brexit won’t push individuals into further debt and homeowners into negative equity? We’ve been here before, and it never ends well. As always, the people worst off in society will pay the highest price. But there are currently no Conservative party MP brave enough to tell you this.
(2) Then, on Saturday, we learned Australia’s trade minister, Steve Ciobo, has told the European Parliament that a bilateral trade deal with the UK is of “yesteryear”, explaining that “doing a free trade deal with the EU (is) now a greater priority for Australia than doing one with post-Brexit UK” (see http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2016/09/08/australian-trade-minister-says-special-relationship-with-uk).
Who still remembers Donald Trump promising his new-found friend, Nigel Farage, during the EU Referendum campaign, that the UK would certainly be at the “front of the queue” for a trade deal under his new administration (despite Barack Obama earlier saying we’d be behind the EU in this queue)?
So, where is the UK now in the queue for a US trade deal? Surprise, surprise, behind the EU . . . just as we’re now behind the EU in Australia.
As Private Frazer would have said, “We’re doomed, doomed.”
Author: Alan Meekings
Alan Meekings is a management consultant specialising in the field of Organisational Performance Management. He has led programmes of major change and sustainable improvement with public, private and third sector organisations for over thirty years. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, a Visiting Scholar at Heriot-Watt University School of Management and a member of the European Movement nationally and in Lincolnshire.
All views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Conservative Group for Europe or the European Movement.