A very simple indication of Britain’s future ‘global’ inadequacy is the EU’s deal with Mercasur, the South American customs union comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. (Venezuela is a full member but has been suspended since December 1, 2016). Associate countries are Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and the small (population 0.5m) ex Dutch colony of Suriname.
It has taken 20 years to negotiate and is the largest mutual trade agreement ever and has an emphasis on agricultural products, which the French, for example, are not keen on, but seem likely to accept as ‘Europeans’, but which is absolutely ideal for the 50% food importing British.
Yet, Britain will, on leaving, no longer be part of this scheme and will have to start all over again. In another 20 years time most of today’s Brexiters will, I’m afraid, be dead.
So an EU agreement which is particularly representative of Brexit Britain’s so called ‘Global’ outlook, and with countries such as Argentina, where there is a long standing British connection, will be thrown aside and have to be renegotiated. For what, I wonder?
In another example of a similar problem, I see the Guardian is pointing out that the prolonged Brexit uncertainty is causing British Universities to lose their leading research roles.
Yet again – another self-inflicted wound.
It leads me to wonder, three years after the referendum, when so many Brexit problems are so apparent:
What, exactly, was the question to which Brexit is the answer?