A ‘Germany Plus’ Brexit

The Guardian has reported that Dominic Raab, who, let us remember, is our Foreign Secretary, is of the opinion that Brexit will bring a huge series of upsides for UK trade.

Of all the lies he could tell this has to be the most blatant.

For what we do know is that if Brexit has any trading upsides, then separating yourself from the world’s largest trading block is certainly not amoungst them.

Is idiocy now a requirement for an office of state or just a distinct advantage?

Then I remember this was the man who was somehow unaware of the fact that Dover to Calais was an important Channel crossing as well as a vital supply route.

Still, we now know that, with ‘no deal’, according to the BBC, only 50% of lorries will be delayed rather than the previously thought 90%. That’s marvellous. I’m so pleased! Our government so obviously has our best interests at heart.

Of course if 50% of lorries are delayed by, say, taking an extra day to complete their journeys that previously took two days, that means for a return journey half the lorry fleet would need to be doubled in both lorries and drivers. As there is already a shortage of drivers, I cannot imagine where all the extra staff will come from unless we recruit abroad… And extra lorries are not plentiful either.

Surely, with the EU now, as Gove claims, ‘refusing to negotiate’ it is time to back a ‘Germany plus’ Brexit?

If Dominic Raab were to say Germany Plus a few times, I’m sure he would believe in it, and agree never to talk it down…


  1. Julian Edmonds -

    Consider the alternative – Hungary Minus.
    We leave as planned, with or without a deal, then a younger generation of voters comes to power and demands to rejoin.
    While long-standing members of the EU such as Germany got to shape how the EU developed all along, countries such as Hungary that joined later were forced to accept the Schengen agreement on open borders, and the Maastricht rules for joining the single currency, despite having played no part in their development. If we rejoin in future, we will have to join Schengen, the Euro and whatever else the EU has come up with in the mean time. And unlike the East European states, we would have to be a net contributor to the EU’s finances, without the benefit of Margaret Thatcher’s rebate.

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