No deal? No problem, by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (The Spectator)
h/t Stephen Neil
In the opinion of Wentworthmaven, as an outside observer, I feel Abbott yet again remains perhaps one of the best voices Australia has ever had.
As a former prime minister of a country that has a perfectly satisfactory ‘no deal’ relationship with the EU, let me assure you: no deal would be no problem.
If the EU were to attempt to be punitive, I imagine Trump’s negotiators, not too mention Australia and others, would step into the breech as we say, “In a New York minute”. The loss would certainly be the EU’s. I suspect they’re terrified that a UK with strong trade relations outside the thumb of Mr. Junker et. al. would be a direct threat to the entire progressive project that the EU is trying to be.
The Brits were sold on the common market back in the 1970s. The prescient few like Margaret Thatcher warned of the slippery slope, that has indeed ensued, ripping sovereignty from the UK. Brexit is the outcome of the EU inevitable overstep. Progressives rarely leave well enough alone. All such semi-elected elitist bureaucrats will ultimately seek nothing more than power. After all, they are “our betters”. If you don’t believe that, just ask them…:-)
All along, the real difficulty has not been negotiating Brexit. It has been the neurotic anxiety of the official political class about leaving the European project, which they see somehow as a civilising force. The Brexit vote was possibly the greatest ever vote of confidence in the project of the United Kingdom. It was a reminder of the global leadership that Britain has historically provided.
Abbott correctly states the the UK literally needs to “man up”. With a history of global leadership, the UK has to take care of itself to continue to exert the overall positive force it has throughout its history. The Germans, whose second largest market is the UK as a stand alone entity, will hardly have Ms. Merkel saying “Nein” to selling Mercedes automobiles to the UK. Perhaps she’s that spiteful, but somehow I doubt it. In any event, Trump would step into that void — almost instantly. Merkel, along with Macron and Junker know this too.
The risk you face now isn’t no-deal Brexit, but rather the official class losing its nerve and proving incapable of quickly resolving this muddle. If that happens, it would be hard to take Britain seriously again.
Abbott is wise. Theresa May would well heed his advice. History will then leave her in a positive light. As it is, she’s going down the road of Neville Chamberlain, and as we all know, that didn’t work out so well.