So, welcome fellow travellers… to the EU’s very own ‘Hotel California’ where, apparently, ‘you can check-in any time you like, but you can never leave’.
But of course we know that the UK can leave the European Union — that is why the UK government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union that allows a country to leave the bloc.
Then, we found out that it was going to cost £40 billion (and suddenly, as of yesterday, we find out that it may cost as much as £51.5 billion) Of course, nobody knows what the money is for. The UK taxpayer is supposed to pay it without asking any questions.
Then, we found out the EU was trying to take Northern Ireland by stealth, tying it to the EU Customs Union forever (while the rest of the UK was no longer allowed to remain within the Customs Union) as the first step of Northern Ireland’s assimilation into the EU.
Then, the EU having failed at trying to pry Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom using the ol’ distract ’em with a Customs Deal shell game, Theresa May was (again) summoned to Brussels and promptly returned with a deal that looked for all the world like it was written by the EU’s very own negotiators — complete with a clause allowing the entire UK to stay within the EU’s Customs Union — but with no mechanism for the UK to ever leave that Customs Union. Forever is a long time.
Which brings us to the great and timeless song by the Eagles… Hotel California!
Hotel California by the Eagles
(The last half of the song is paraphrased by Letter To Britain for your listening pleasure. Feel free to play the video and follow along with the ‘updated’ lyrics)
Welcome to the European Union
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face.
They livin’ it up at the EU down in Brussels
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise), bring your alibis.
Mirrors on the ceiling,
Billions pound sterling on ice
And Theresa May said, ‘we are all just prisoners here… of our own device’
Deep in Brussel’s chambers,
They gathered for the sterling feast
They stab the UK with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill Britain’s spirit.
Last thing smart people remember, we were
Running for the door
We had to find the passage back to the place we were before
‘Relax’ said Barnier the EU’s man tonight,
‘We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!’
All of which means that Theresa May and the rest of HM government should be very careful about how they proceed towards the full and complete Brexit that 17.4 million Britons voted for in June 2016.
Because if this is the only deal on offer, even Remainers will understand that the so-called ‘No Deal’ Brexit is the better option. And, as this is the only offer approved by the EU apparatchiks at this time, a No Deal Brexit must now become the default option for the United Kingdom.
Written by John Brian Shannon