Few have fully acknowledged it yet, but the economic shock of 2008 brought about the fall of the US-UK economic global order as surely as 1991 saw the fall of Soviet communism.
I don’t really have much to say in response to this. Just wanted to point out that I think it’s a brilliant analogy, and a very accurate one.
The EU has no interest in undermining itself by making things easy for the UK. They have no interest in encouraging such behavior among its other members.
While I follow European politics as closely as time allows, I’m certainly no expert on it. That being said, this observation is actually why I have some sympathy for the Leavers. The EU seems hellbent on punishing Britain for daring to go its own way. That doesn’t sit well with me. I’m a believer in respecting the sovereignty of other nations, so in my mind, if Britain wants to break off and do its own thing, that’s fine. I wish them the best and, no matter how unlikely it is, hope they find a way to thrive. But the EU seems to want the opposite. It seems like they want Britain to suffer, either so they can rub it in the British people’s eyes, or so that Britain will have no choice but to come groveling back to the EU like a desperate ex-lover who is miserable without their former partner. And to be honest, if someone treated me that way, I’d want nothing to do with them myself. That’s just my read on the situation, of course, and I could totally be wrong.
Corbyn’s threat of a no-confidence vote against May could still happen, but the conditions he or any other PM would face would be the same. Any new PM would go to Brussels acting as if they were coming from a big country, hoping to be treated to a fair cut of meat, only to find the EU serving them the same bread and water they offered May.
Totally agree with this. May really isn’t cut out for the task at hand, but I doubt there’s any British politician who could do much better. This whole situation is just a complete mess, and there’s no clean exit from it, which is why I feel bad for her. She at least was willing to take the position under the worst of circumstances, and I give her credit for that.
P.S. Just fyi, I got notifications that you left comments for me on a couple of my posts. But for some reason, I can’t see them! If you deleted them, that’s totally cool (I’ve done the same myself when I didn’t really like what I had written). But if they’re still there, please don’t think I’m ignoring you. I’m not. I literally just can’t seem to find them.