Contrary to what Remainers declare, there was one other method. The EU and Britain’s political elite may have accepted Brexit, and negotiated a wise settlement, together with one which handled the actual points relating to Northern Ireland, in a grown-up, technologically savvy vogue. It would have required concessions from the UK, however not as many; and it will have necessitated a really completely different, commonsensical fudge from the EU of a sort it has typically displayed when it comes to the euro, budgetary guidelines or involving different states.
Instead, Britain beneath Theresa May displayed staggering weak point at a crucial time, and the EU’s negotiators, shocked at our ethical implosion, realised they might get away with a power-grab in the event that they caught to their legalistic onerous line. May’s negotiating staff noticed themselves as supplicants and boxed her successor right into a nook. The Remainer rearguard motion when Johnson turned PM, and the accompanying constitutional disaster, emboldened the EU a lot that it began to imagine its personal propaganda.
One will be too intelligent: it is doable to drive a celebration affected by a momentary weak point to signal a contract so one-sided that it is finally deemed unenforceable. Legislation, corresponding to the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, reinforces this level. Those who say that Britain, having signed the protocol, should now keep it up are due to this fact flawed. We are inside our rights to search to renegotiate it solely, and we’re entitled to invoke Article 16. Unjust legislation isn’t actual legislation; and to repudiate this illegitimate nightmare to salvage peace in Northern Ireland wouldn’t injury our repute for being a law-following society.
The EU’s appalling behaviour, and its makes an attempt to drag in President Biden, remind us that there are two varieties of political entities. Those of the extra mature, democratic selection can coexist with neighbouring states, working with them to resolve native, geographically related points. Then there are the status-obsessed imperialistic bullies, who search to management and direct their “near abroad”, Russia-style, and who’re obsessive about their “sphere of influence” and displaying the relaxation of the world that they’re a “regional superpower.”
The EU, pathetically for an entity that is waning economically, culturally, demographically and militarily, belongs to the latter class. Its weapon of selection, usually, is its forms: it desires to drive others to observe its guidelines. It can solely be “friends” with these it controls on this method.
An organisation supposedly arrange to guarantee peace in Europe is now busy undermining concord in Northern Ireland and free commerce extra extensively, and all as a result of it refuses to settle for nations’ proper to self-determination. The hypocrisy, the cant, the double-standards would beggar perception had we not all grown used to them over the years. Frost and Boris Johnson should stand agency.