Dear Mrs. Prime Minster May,
The other day I was hammering a nail in the wall to hang a picture.
I hit my finger. Immediately, my right hand put down the hammer and took care of my left hand.
My right hand never said, ” Left hand you know I’m taking good care of you. You should remember that” And my left hand did not say, Right hand, you have made me suffer. I want justice, give me that hammer.
The point is to demand respect you seem to be putting the cart before the horse.
Since joining as a common market member, the UK has secured numerous significant opt-outs from what is now the EU – principle among them being from the common currency (Britain and Denmark are the only countries not obliged to join), Schengen (open borders and common visa area) and the common agricultural policy.
Given the ‘semi-detached’ status you already enjoyed one might even detect a return of the Anglophobia of the imperial era with its stress on English or British hypocrisy: the domineering bully of a country congratulating itself on its gentlemanly liberalism.
It’s time for you to stop acting like a spoiled child and accept that you can’t have everything both ways — departure from the EU but membership in programs like Galileo and Erasmus; an Irish border that’s both closed but somehow open; access to the single market without its most important conditions; the freedom of movement and no oversight by the European Court of Justice; your pick of the European cherry tree, without bothering to water the soil or tend to its branches.
Get real the European Union has and is showing respect to its core values and the millions how died that led to its foundations.
The Beady Eye.