Opinion – Britain doesn’t need to bluff about Brexit | Coffee House – Spectator

This is a good read from the Spectator. It argues that the Government’s insistence that we should not give away our hand in negotiations with the EU has backfired. David Greene, the author, maintains that it is putting us in a weak position because the primary reason for not giving away your hand is when you are bluffing. The bottom line is that the UK is not bluffing, so it’s in a strong position and should take maximum advantage of it.

Source: Britain doesn’t need to bluff about Brexit | Coffee House

This article and the many calls for greater parliamentary scrutiny make me think that the government’s Brexit team are amateurs, with lots of noise but no action. I used to admire David Davies and thought he’d have been a better PM than David Cameron – although he’s a former Harvard trained business-man, he’s too long in the tooth (my age!). Fox too had his day. And Boris is Boris. Perhaps, the PM and the Chancellor are the A-team?

Is it time to start playing ‘hard-ball’?


One response

  1. In reading this piece from Dr Alf, I am reminded of the phrase from the first Godfather film, “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse”.

    Mrs May’s ministers are divided, her civil servants are no good at negotiating, and opinion is split about the value of the “Single Market”.

    As it is, we export very little to the Single Market and the foreign exchange we earn gets more than offset by loss of Corporation tax through the Dublin Financial District and Lichtenstein.

    Passporting rights for banks can be retained by dint of a nearshoring Almo solution, using military forts like Seeland which lie beyond EU and UK territorial waters which is what internet service providers and server farm providers from America have been doing for more than 20 years. Banks and financial institutions with offices in the single market already remain unaffected by these passporting rules as do organisations with websites hosted outside the EU with shopping carts provided from elsewhere. They simply need to be owned by an EU company which can be owned by a brass plate entity in say the Seychelles with sales booked in one place and the bank account somewhere else.

    Making the EU an “Offer it cannot refuse” is sensible but it has to be accompanied by calling in all UK top bosses and giving them the “Hard word” about executive pay and worker productivity. The hard word means legislating pay caps and providing export incentives and an end to rewards for failure and non delivery of improved shareholder value. For UK workers, it should mean tougher conditions for dole bludgers, no strike laws for essential public services, and caps on annual leave entitlements until productivity improves to upper decile levels.

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