The latest strike for Brexit comes from one of their very own proclaiming he “hadn’t quite understood” how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing.
Dominic Raab, the Brexit’s Secretary, made the remark this week at a conference discussing potential impacts of Brexit on trade routes. As Mr Raab’s speech continued he failed to evoke any more confidence in promise of a Brexit deal, following up with: “I don’t think it’s a question so much of the risk of major shortages but I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.”
The incompetence of the Conservative governments is, in my opinion, perfectly exemplified in these two comments. Firstly, the lack of knowledge and coordination across the entire Conservative party doomed Brexit before it had even begun.
If MPs and secretaries lack the basic understanding in their fields, which they are paid to know, how can we place responsibility of the future of the UK in their hands. Secondly, as Mr Raab’s comment indicates “the average consumer” does not know the intricate factors of the British market and economy. The fact the British public was given the vote, to what arguably could be the defining moment in Britain’s nosedive, when even professionals seem to have little to no idea what Brexit could really mean for the future of the UK is idiotic.
The inconsistent attitude of the government has left Britain in a state of panic and uncertainty. Giving the public all the power via the referendum and then seizing it back to discreetly negotiate what type of deal, (if any) reflects poorly on Theresa May and her party’s ability to do their jobs.
We employ our government to make decision on our behalf yet they rarely seem to reflect the best interest of our country. With Brexit being the pinnacle of this behaviour, it is difficult to see any situation that involves a win-win scenario. As Robert Shrimsley wrote: “The Tories are caught in a trap – one from which there is no escape, even with a change of leader. They either deliver and own a hard Brexit with all its attendant consequences or they produce a workable outcome which Brexiteers proclaim has betrayed the cause.”
In truth, the resemblance between the behaviour of the Tories and a bickering group of nursery children is ironic. No-one seems to have a genuine grasp of the issues at stake, and no-one is taking the time to really talk it out like professionals.
Brexit has become a shouting match where arrogance and stubbornness pave the way. With a party consisting of hard and soft-Brexiteers with such polar opposite goals for the UK, it seems there is no space for reasonable or successful debate, when the government as a whole cannot feasibly agree to align their goals.