Thankfully, the whining has now started in earnest. It was always obvious that almost any announcement of any initiative whatsoever by anyone associated with any degree of negotiation in respect of Brexit would lead to howls of protest from every angle, not least of course the European ex-oficios who are determined to protect the European project. Even if you’re a committed remainer, you’re surely not enjoying the show so far. If you’re a democrat and a Brexiter, and therefore by circular emphasis a democrat, you’ll be in despair at the quality of the debate so far. There’ll be plenty more to keep you awake at night over the coming months. First off – the rights of EU citizens.
Now I need to caveat what I’m about to say. All opinions here are formed whilst reading a newspaper that uses multi-syllabic vocabulary, and exposure to an internationally respected news organisation. We already know that the former is biased, and the latter is ramping up broadcasts of anti-brexit baloney on a grand scale. So make your own mind up.
Now it’s obvious to me, as it should be obvious to the entire population of at least five continents, that people who are in the club before a certain time should be invited to stay and reap the benefits of their commitment to our social, economic and cultural way of life – and that goes for Romanian spud pickers (see earlier post) as well as Spanish brain surgeons. Hands up anyone who doesn’t agree with that. I thought so.
But how’s this for nonsense. An idiot in Brussels (I’ll be driving past next week with my European wife, so I’ll be quite happy to drop in and tell him this personally) has worked out that as a sovereign state following Brexit, and with citizens resident who are nationals of other sovereign states, that the rights and duties of those citizens should be subject not to the British courts, but to the European Court of Justice, which I can’t remember driving past on my way to Dover. Well I know a bloke up the street who’s from Russia. Quite rightly, he’s worried that he won’t get the same options to appeal to the Russian Supreme Court of Arbitration next time he gets nicked for speeding and he’s going to start shouting very loudly about this, which as we heard in a previous rant is the new way of getting stuff done in the UK.
How about this for a solution. I know it’s daft, but it might just work. How about we simply look at the existing rules – permanent resident status after five years – and apply those rules. Then whoever meets the rules is a de-facto brit, and those who don’t, aren’t. Then we treat the rest exactly the same as Americans, Australians, Chinese, Koreans, Eskimos(?), Russians and anyone else who knows me. It’ll sort itself out in the end and there’ll be no need for anybody to whine about it because it’s simple and fair.
Any solution which subjects the British courts to the jurisdiction of the ECJ in rulings about residents of this country is not Brexit, creates two classes of citizen of which the British are definitely the subordinate, subjugates the British citizen to a foreign power and betrays our democracy. And because that’s so obvious, I can’t imagine it ever being allowed to happen. What worries me is that there are politicians in the UK who can, and these people are in charge of getting stuff done.
Try this one at home, but don’t get too worked up. You’ll need to save your energy for the next imebecileogram from the continent. To prove the idiocy of the Euro-response to the British proposal, simply try and imagine a Frexit in which the Brits and the Germans tried that one on the French. That would definitely be our last tango in Paris.