On June 23rd 2016, 17.4m people voted in a referendum for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
However it seems our Government and the EU have different ideas on what ‘leaving the EU’ actually means.
The talk from Theresa May and David Davis is of a ‘transitional arrangement’, with a wish for ‘frictionless trade’, as well as gushings of ‘deep and special relationship’ with ‘European partners’.
17.4m Britons – including myself – voted ‘Leave’ at that referendum, because we wished the UK to become a truly free and independent country again, able to set its own trading terms with both the European Union and the rest of the world, and able to control inward immigration by ending free movement of people.
Looking at what has been agreed so far as part of the terms of the ‘transitional treaty’, it is becoming glaringly obvious that once we ‘leave the EU’ in March 2019, it looks like ‘business as usual’ with very little changing, with regards to free movement of people, imposition of new EU directives, as well as EU fishing fleets continuing to have access to our waters.
But huzzah! We will have left the EU!
Or will we have? It is my opinion that the whole ‘transition period’ is to be implemented simply for a period of time, in the same way that a foot in the door stops it from fully closing.
“Give it a few years, once people see that nothing really has changed, we can more easily influence them to accept us rejoining the EU”
That is of course an entirely made-up quote, but it wouldn’t surprise me if one of our elected politicians has already said something similar ‘behind closed doors’.
Our government has no intention of really leaving the EU, and it will just be the same, just ‘marketed’ as a whole new situation.