Brexit: furious and fast, or simmering and slow?

Leave it to the Brits to disrupt your breakfast. The morning their Brexit was announced, I nearly choked on toast with marmalade. There followed a series of mornings when gulping down tea started to resemble an act of suicide. This morning, it was PM Theresa May’s utterly unbelievable choice of her new Foreign Minister, which caused the fried egg and bacon to land on the floor. THAT liar, that clown – gets THAT job?!

Imagine having to sit next to or across Boris Johnson negotiating treaties and deals. Of course, I’m no world leader, but I simply can’t take the guy seriously anymore. For Heaven’s sake: he can’t even be trusted with a bus and slogan!

Markets and the pound may rally, but honestly! Small wonder the Russian putain salivatingly stated straight away, he’s totally dying to meet asap and smooch up to this new Britain under Theresa May.

Putin must have nearly choked on his breakfast laughing: Blundering Boris – you serious? One may just as well wrap up the UK in nice pinky wrapping-paper with jolly pale blue ribbon and hand it over to … just about anybody.

In the meantime, there are still Brits not waking up to reality. They still dream of a slow, very long and lingering Brexit. After all, if it takes a quarter of a century, it may perhaps still turn into a Bremain.

Sure: we’re living in a world full of wonders, so nothing is impossible. Especially with a new Brexit minister, appointed to take Britain out of the EU, who advertises all over the place he has no clue how the EU, its institutions, its treaties work.

It is upsetting to see how insular and self-centred the British perspective remains. The only thing they now need to do is invoke the right article and the cutting of ties and strings will start. Yet all their media, journalists, politicians still promote Britain can dictate everything else.

This vision probably stems from the 19th century view of the UK at the centre of its Empire. But our world has moved on and is now one global economy, with “… The EU single market … the most sophisticated trade agreement on earth.” (If this makes you choke: I’m citing Patrick Wintour.)

Will Theresa May’s selection of toughs and clowns, be up against EU officials and governments? It is shocking to read none of Britain’s political parties drew up contingency plans in case of a Brexit. They are now having to negotiate with an EU, which was not left as dazed by the Brexit, as Britain was.

Where the fallout of its Brexit continues in Britain, the EU may gain confidence and strength. After all: “… the UK had demanded and been granted a particular kind of single market and now had walked away from it”. Both the UK and EU may be mopping up, but it may actually be the EU, working towards a fast and furious Brexit.

For cutting its 27 member states free fast,  would be in the EU’s best interest. Or as the IMF director seems to have stated according to Patrick Wintour: “The years are over when Europe cannot follow a course because the British will object,” she said. “Now the British are going, Europe can find a new elan.” This demands setting the pace and showing the world this new EU can act swiftly, firmly, confidently and convincingly.

Patrick Wintour’s complete Guardian article: “What’s the best Brexit
Guardian: Maybe the Brits are just having us on: the world reacts to Boris Johnson as foreign minister


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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