Letter: A successful Brexit is looking ‘increasingly unlikely’

Vix Lowthion shares this Letter to the Editor in which she explains her view that a successful Brexit is looking increasingly unlikely.

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We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers – unsurprisingly they don’t always reflect the views of this publication. If you have something you’d like to share, get in touch and of course, your considered comments are welcome below. This from Isle of Wight Green Party leader, Vix Lowthion. Ed


The sheer impracticality of a positive Brexit deal over the Irish border issue seems increasingly difficult to achieve.

I teach British History to some really brilliant Isle of Wight A-Level students, and this week’s classroom topic was William of Orange’s Glorious Revolution and the 1690 Battle of the Boyne.

Ireland as part of our British Isles
We looked at how during historical periods of revolution, it is our dominions which suffer the most; that the ruling elite who looked to overthrow the establishment over 300 years ago failed to acknowledge the devastating impact on the British Isles as a whole.

It is more fundamental than ever to discuss the history of Ireland as part of our British Isles, and our class debate led on to the Troubles, the IRA, the bombings and terrorism: all events which happened well before they were born.

The fragility of peace in Ireland
To my Island students, all of this was history. Whereas for me it was my past. When I was a sixth former in the 1990s I enjoyed my Christmas shopping in both Warrington and Manchester – months before the utter devastation of the IRA bombs in these centres.

It is too easy for us to forget the fragility of peace in Ireland. It is too simple to underestimate how home-grown terrorism is never far away.

We can’t just ‘get on with it and leave’
The execution of Brexit, with the complex, various and highly sensitive needs of our strong and diverse kingdom of nations, is far from as simple as ‘just get on with it and leave’.

Peace in Ireland; union with Scotland; prosperity in London: all of these we take for granted and yet are at risk due to Brexit.

Very existence of United Kingdom under threat
History teaches us that we can act in haste; we can cut off the king’s head in 1649, then fail to establish a feasible alternative, with little option but to welcome back a different king within eleven years.

It’s looking increasingly possible that the Brexit experiment is leading us down a path towards an Interregnum where – with weak leadership – the very existence of our United Kingdom is under threat.

One chance to get it right
We have only one chance to get these negotiations right. With the troubles in Ireland – alongside the damage being done to our economy, our environment and our human rights – a successful Brexit looks increasingly unlikely.

“We spent 300 years working towards peace: let’s split the UK up instead” – we never saw that on the side of any bus.

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Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 7:16am

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Billy Builder
Successful is a bit like beauty, it is in the eye of the beholder. For some, the hard BRexiteers, then any divorce from the EU no matter how catastrophic for our economy or how damaging to the integrity of the UK would be regarded as a success. For me, the words success and BRexit can never and will never belong in the same sentence. No matter how… Read more »
Suruk the Slightly Miffed

So “project fear” turns out to be “project reality”.

Who’d have thought?

steephilljack

Vix is absolutely right. The Conservatives are now dependent on the DUP for support in the Commons. How can we allow the lack of Conservative majority to bring Brexit decision-making to this reactionary party from Northern Ireland ? If NI gets a special deal then Scotland wants one too. It may soon be time to take to the streets !

Suruk the Slightly Miffed
Shocking, isn’t it? May calls a General Election expecting a landslide victory but, instead, ends up losing her majority and having to find the Magical Mythical Money Tree to buy support from the DUP. The DUP who now, having taken the money, are holding the whole of the UK and Ireland to ransom. 10 people, with terrorist supporters and evolution deniers amongst their number, holding 70 million… Read more »
greenhey
I live both on the Island and on the mainland. It was apparent to me during the referendum that people on the Island did not realise what help the EU has given over the years. For example, Ventnor Haven and a number of other projects in South Wight. Much of the comment on here shows frustration of how the UK government overlooks Island needs. Yet the Island… Read more »
Jake_Gully
I can’t see much prospect of our current government surviving through to next spring, let alone April 2019 to see the BRexit process through to completion. The conservative party is deeply split on the issue and struggling to maintain balance and direction. Theresa May has little authority, Damian Green’s position looks increasingly untenable and the Confidence and Supply agreement with the DUP hangs in the balance. Morgan… Read more »
Mark L Francis
The DUP campaigned for a hard Brexit but their constituents voted Remain. Now they don’t want the inevitable consequences of a hard Brexit – & apparently they were the only people in Northern Ireland not to see it. These people are unbelievably stupid even for bonkers right-wing religious nut jobs. Who would have thought Brexit would have been so complicated? Who knew? (Actually I did – on… Read more »
Billy Builder

It isn’t just the DUP who want a hard BRexit, both the Tory hard-right and Labour hard-left have also campaigned for a hard BRexit. Both the Tory and Labour parties under May and Corbyn imposed a 3 line whip to ensure a hard BRexit direction was followed.

What we need is for the moderate centre to unite to overturn this folly.

Suruk the Slightly Miffed

No, but it is the 10 DUP MP’s who are putting a spanner in the works. 10 people, who don’t even have the support of their own constituents in this, holding the whole of the UK and Ireland to ransom.

ianc
Do you not think Labour is split on the EU too? Who knows what Corbyn’s view is from one day to the next. Labour heartlands voted out. Only one part of England voted to stay and that is London, hardly representative of England or Great Britain for that matter. Even the south-west voted leave despite territories like Gibraltar included in their votes keen on staying in. Why… Read more »
Suruk the Slightly Miffed

Do you think Farage and UKIP *wouldn’t* be calling for a second referendum if they had lost?

ianc
It is a mess. I understand the DUP’s position. I do not want the United Kingdom allied in any way with the ROI unless southern Ireland decided it is in their best interests to join the UK and come under our sovereignty. Walk away now Mrs May and set our own trade deals on WTO terms. The EU is a bully. Do you really want to us… Read more »
Suruk the Slightly Miffed

Because the UK government repeatedly shows it can be trusted more than the EU, doesn’t it?

Billy Builder

To my mind it is the BRexiteers that are the bullies, as they are trying to railroad through massive constitutional changes that were never on the referendum ballot, based on the results of a totally discredited campaign by Leave.

Suruk the Slightly Miffed

The referendum question was purely whether we should leave the EU, or not. Nothing more, nothing less.

The leave campaign actively promoted the idea that the UK could remain in the Customs Union or Single Market post Brexit. The whole “No deal is better than a bad deal” and “leave means leave” thing came *after* the referendum, largely engineered by Theresa May for her own political advantage.

Suruk the Slightly Miffed

Speaking of whether the EU or the UK Government has the best interests of UK citizens at heart…..

https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2017/12/05/liberty_ipa/

Scary, isn’t it? Post Brexit the UK Gov will be able to do that sort of thing as much as it likes.

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