The letter has been delivered and the die is cast. The green benches were packed when May delivered her oration.
So what now?
There are only 27 (28?) nations (states?) in the EU. At the same time as talking to the Communist elite at EU level, we need to be talking and negotiating with every individual nation (state?). Does Germany want its exports to the UK of its Mercedes cars blocked by excessive import taxes? Of course not! In effect, the EU, as a decision-maker, has no power to make decisions about Brexit. Nor does the European Parliament. If fact, the ‘European Parliament’ is a misnomer. It’s only power is ‘to deny’. It cannot ‘enable’. What sort of ‘Parliament’ is so powerless? The EU ‘Parliament’ is a bit like the House of Lords. It can only send proposals back.
So, parallel to EU shadow negotiations, the real negotiations will be between the UK and each individual Nation (State?). The wonderful thing about our situation is that we have at least the possibility of clarity. That is what ‘all together’ means. The Scot Nats have done themselves no favours by being antagonistic. ‘Clarity’ means ‘clear objectives’. The EU is not the same as ‘The President of the USA’. It has no such power. The whole organisation is a sham. It PRETENDS to have power. Take the proposal that no Nation, after 1st April 2017, can leave the EU without consent. Is there anything more likely to create Civil War than that stranglehold? How did such a stranglehold come into existence? Which Nations voted for it?
In the USA, most smoking bans are the result of local government decisions. It is obvious that anti-smokers flood such committees. But the good news is that, given the right circumstances, such as loss of revenue and general dissatisfaction, such anti-smokers can be ejected and replaced, and sensible rules applied. But, most importantly, such changes can be applied very quickly.
That is not the case with the EU. EU ‘laws’ are written in stone and cannot be changed. They are perfect. There is no mechanism to change or repeal EU Directives.
So we wait to see what happens. It should be fun.