Thoughts from an active pensioner who is now somewhat past his Biblical "Use-by date"
"Why just be difficult, when with a little more effort you can be bloody impossible?"
Monday, 16 January 2017
Donald Trump has said that Britain that we will be first in the line for a rapid trade deal with the US. Great, at least he doesn't want to put us at the back of the queue like Obama.
And the EU's response? Don't you even dare think of starting informal talks with the US before Brexit is complete.
Just who do they think they are?
Britain is a sovereign country, and as far as I'm aware we are free to talk to anyone or any country about any subject. Why even Queen Nicola of Scotland is free to go and talk to whoever she likes, even if there were times when I'm sure that many at Westminster would like to stop her!
Mrs May should send our trade negotiators to Washington immediately following Trump's inauguration to start talks. This would at least show the EU that we are serious about leaving and running our own country without EU interference. If all goes well the deal could be in place to be implemented the day we leave the EU.
What is the EU going to do if we ignore their demand? Throw us out?
Yes please, it would be far quicker than lengthy talks and probably considerably cheaper.
I suspect that the French Official who demanded that penalties are imposed on the UK if we leave the EU but who has recently backtracked to say that France would want access to our financial markets might not agree; nor I suspect would the German car industry.
I think that on balance, the UK has a far better hand than the EU, lets hope Mrs May plays her cards wisely.
I was a grammar school boy who went into engineering after having studied part time at Technical Colleges and gained the necessary experience to become a Chartered Engineer.
Initially I worked on defence electronics and subsequently on ground radar systems and radar data processing.
Now retired, my main interests are working with computers, family history research, church bell ringing and travel.
I am absolutely against Britain being a member of the E.U., and believe that whilst climate change may be taking place, there is absolutely no proof that it is man-made.
For these two reasons, I am unable to support the present day Conservative Party, although I always did so until Margaret Thatcher left office.