This blog was written on March 6th, 2019
It’s a Long, Long Way from Gove to Here
“The day after we vote to leave, we hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want.” – Michael Gove, April 2016
“I don’t believe it (no-deal Brexit) will be Armageddon” – Suella Braverman, March 2019
It’s a long way from “holding all the cards” to it won’t be “Armageddon”. Three years is indeed a very long time in politics.
Speaking to the Institute for Government last Monday, Sir Ivan Rodgers, the former UK ambassador to the EU who resigned from that position because his advice on Brexit strategy was being totally disregarded in London, said there was no chance that the UK would be able to disentangle itself from the EU even if Brexit goes ahead. He added:
“These fantasies of release and liberation – they are fantasies. We are going to be negotiating on everything from aviation to farming for evermore with our biggest neighbour. We cannot live in glorious isolation. Talk to the Swiss and to the Norwegians – they live in a permanent state of negotiation with the EU.”