Within the next few days we will know whether we are in, out or stuck in the middle of the EU with the WA – or not, as the whole shooting match which has been going on for far too long may be shunted further down the road again before a final decision is made. Whatever happens, there will be outrage, claims of infamy and indignant protests as there is no chance that anybody’s interests will be satisfied at either end of the Brexit spectrum or anywhere in between – as nobody has been able to put forward a viable and acceptable departure process from the European Union – and the Nation is irrevocably split.
Awfully bad timing, as well. Chaos and confusion reigns supreme elsewhere, with trade wars being waged between principal states, security concerns dominating competing nations, implied interference in US and UK elections and governing processes – I don’t need to add names to any of these accusations – they are already well known – and the huge changes coming to industry with the move away from carbon based fuels, escalating environmental concerns, the rush to grab what’s left of global resources, and the growth in AI, autonomous vehicles, smart cities and the acquisition, management, subversion and misapplication of data.
You might like to think of Brexit as someone casting off from the quay in a dinghy with the tide rising. pressure dropping, and Force 5 winds threatening from the South West and no maps or life-jackets. But we’re OK – we’ve got a reputation as experienced sailors and we’ll come out of it wet and bedraggled, but still smiling.
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