From menaced raspberries to stroppy peers, the road to EU divorce is littered with potential deterrents and perils. Here are some of them

A IS FOR ASTRONAUTS

Space, the final frontier. As a contingency against Brexit extending horribly wrong, the government hopes to go where no government has gone before and seek out new world and new civilisations. Officials will be presenting a seat manufacture proposal presenting them the authority to license spaceplanes and spaceports. So if he fails to secure the frictionless borderlines with the EU that he tries, Liam Fox can try his luck negotiating free trade agreements with extraterrestrials.

B IS FOR BORIS JOHNSON

Once and likely future pretender to the Tory crown whose rejections of interest in Mrs Mays tottering throne are strangely rejected by everyone. Some Boris-backers in his party was considered that their next lead needs to be a Tory who campaigned for Brexit in order to persuade the Republican states parties to swallow a less striking form of withdrawal which prioritises protecting the economy. Johnsonphobes say no one in Europe takes him severely. They also point to a shambolic turn on the BBC last week. Under inquisition by the excellent Eddie Mairof Radio 4s PM program, the foreign minister registered a 10 on the internationally recognised Abbott scale of vehicle disintegrate interviews.

C IS FOR CITIZENS RIGHTS

The future status of EU citizens in Britain and Brits living in the EU27 is a crucial zone of contention in the opening spats of the process of negotiations. Mrs May realized what she called a bold and generous volunteer. The commission sniffed that it was insufficient. Behind the posturing, both sides are in favour of the imperative to reach an agreement conceding reciprocally recognised claims to the millions altered. That doesnt entail getting there will be easy.

D IS FOR DEEP( AND SPECIAL) RELATIONSHIP

What the government says it requires with the EU after the break-up. Darling, its me , not you. What the prime minister also proposed that she had with the Democratic Unionist party until it began bargaining over the cost of its support in Westminster. The 10 Unionist MPs will be critical in keeping the Tory minority government on the road and in knife-edge, Brexit-related votes in the Commons. The Unionists are already fuming that the Tories are taking them for conceded; the Tories are already harrumphing that the DUP is too greedy. This is a pointer to just how susceptible the government will be in parliament where it will be at risk of waylay and defeat at each stage of the Brexit process by combinations of Tory rebels, opposition political parties( read Holyrood and Jeremy Corbyn) and stroppy peers( interpret Lords ).

E IS FOR EMERGENCY BRAKE

An idea for restraining immigration that David Cameron use in his doomed am trying to attain the EU more palatable to fluctuate voters. The UK would be granted some superpower to curb rises of immigration while still retaining effective the members of the single grocery. Some Labour beings have helped alternative methods thought: migration to be restricted to those who have a occupation offer in Britain. The EU might see this as an example of Britain trying to have its cake and eat it( Read Boris ).

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David Davis: the fight of the summer already appears to be over. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/ Getty Images

F IS FOR FIGHT OF THE SUMMER

This is what David Davis, the Brexit secretary, had been promising us. Before last weeks opening of the formal bargaining, he predicted that the first clank would come over the EUs refusal to talk about trade until the committee has been sufficient the developments on the UKs payment for its outstanding fund obligations. The negotations began with an immediate capitulation by the British area on this sequencing question, a withdraw which underlined a brutish detail about the relative persuasivenes of the two sides. The UK needs a transaction more than the EU need to see a deal.

G IS FOR GREAT REPEAL BILL

The main slouse of eight Brexit-related items of legislation which the governmental forces hopes to get through parliament. The Great now appears to have been dropped from the statutes entitlement. It was always a misnomer. The legislation will repeal the European Communities Act of 1972 which took Britain into the then Common Market, while at the same time restating all EU law into British principle so that it can be kept, amended or scoured at eventually rest. This legislation will present a multitude of opportunities for the governments adversaries to make trouble for ministers.

H IS FOR HOLYROOD

Home of the Scottish parliament and another potential spanner in the Brexit studies. Under the Sewel convention, certain elements of Brexit legislation may require Holyroods approval. Scottish Patriots think that the Edinburgh parliament has a veto and threaten to exert it if authority of areas such as department of fisheries & farming are not devolved. Lawyers have advised officials that it is not yet clear if this is true. Nor do they seem sure what happens if Holyrood says no.

I IS FOR IRISH BORDER

Another key challenge for very early stages of the process of negotiations. Everyone agrees that it is likely to be undesirable to have a hard frontierbetween Northern Ireland and the Republic. This is a big concern for the Tories partners in the DUP. What no one seems to have satisfactorily decided yet is how that aim can be made compatible with the governments current form of Brexit which involves leaving the customs union.

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Corbyn: not currently keen on collaborating. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/ PA

J IS FOR JEREMY CORBYN

With a minority Tory government embarked on such a momentous and fraught undertakes, the role of the opposition is likely to be decisive. Labours ambiguity about crucial aspects of Brexit acted it well during the election, when it managed to attract substantiate from both Remain and Leave voters. This precarious alignment will be tested by the fierce debates to come. Some Labour people suggest that they would be willing to co-operate in trying to make a success of Brexit if the Tories moderated their position. The signs from the Labour leadership are that they arent interested in any its cooperation and would rather try to hang Tory Brexit around the governments neck.

K IS FOR KAMIKAZE SCENARIO

The result of no divorce agreement. The UK would be liberated from all EU pacts. It would also got nothing to supplant tens of thousands of international copes that flow from them. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, calls this a extremely, very bad upshot. Severe and widescale interruption would make businesses and customers as tariffs are foisted and swap gums up at borders.

L IS FOR LORDS

Most peers are unfriendly to harder different versions of Brexit and the government has no majority in the upper mansion. Under the Salisbury convention, peers will not resist a government when it is implementing manifesto programmes. The outage of the Tories to win a Commons majority constructs it moot whether that applies.

M IS FOR MAY, MRS

In old Tory use, synonym for the brand-new Iron Lady, Gloriana, Boudicca and strong n stable. Rapidly redefined since she misplaced their majority at the election. In brand-new Tory use, synonym for chao, strolling dead, lame duck and weakened n wobbly.

N IS FOR NORWAY OPTION

Old idea rendered brand-new life by the election result. In this soft form of Brexit, Britain repatriates some powersfrom Brussels, but retains the members of the European Economic Area and remains within the single market for most planneds and purposes. The Cityand many business would like this, but it would require a continuing financial contribution to the EU and the following of most of its rules.

O IS FOR OPEN BREXIT

Favoured by the Tory leader in Scotland, Ruth Davidson. Another way of saying Soft Brexit. Just as Clean Brexit is really just another way of saying Hard Brexit. See also A Red, White and Blue Brexit( T May ), A Workers Brexit( J Corbyn) and A Dogs Brexit( Ive just made that up ).

Ruth Davidson, like everybody else, has her own favourite Brexit. Picture: Lesley Martin/ PA

P IS FOR PAYING UP

Divorce is generally expensive. Judgments of what the EU misses by way of a segregation remittance rise to a net invoice of 75bn( 65.6 bn ). Ministers insist they will not cough up that summing-up, but had not been able to said what they might agreed to accept. Just one cent will enrage some Tories.

Q IS FOR QUEENS SPEECH

A budget version this year, with cut-down solemnity rather appropriate in the reduced circumstances in which the government notices itself. There wont be a Queens speech at all next year on the grounds that the government needs an uncommon double parliamentary session to get all the Brexit legislation through.

R IS FOR RASPBERRIES

and other soft fruit, which will cost up to 50% more after Brexit if tighter in-migration self-controls thwart seasonal workers coming into Britain to pick the develop. So warns British Summer Fruits, service industries form. Stand by for complaints about the cost of strawberries and cream when Brexit angst affects Wimbledon.

S IS FOR SABOTEURS

Abusive term of select in the Brextremist press to attack anyone with the temerity to mention the disadvantages of hard Brexit. Mrs Mays referendum gambit was acclaimed as an opportunity to suppres the saboteur. That went well, didnt it?

T IS FOR TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENT

Regarded by the Treasury and many others as vital in order to minimise the financial disturbance of Brexit, this would mean that Britain only slowly extricated itself from many aspects of the EU. Transitional organisations can turn into permanent ones, which is why the notion is considered with narrow-eyed distrust by numerous hard Brexiters.

U IS FOR UKIP

The plum-and-custard brigade were eliminated at the election, but Ukip could rejuvenate on the back of voters feelings by a diluted, delayed or ditched Brexit. Nigel Farage has hinted that he might be up for a third tour or would that be fourth?

V IS FOR VOTERS

Bloody voters. The electorate is eventually to blame for casting Britain adrift in an ocean of indecision. Voters narrowly chose to teach politicians to take Britain out of the EU in the 2016 referendum. Then the country to be given Mrs May a mandate to prosecute her type of Brexit while producing a parliament without any clear consensus for any other form. Bloody voters.

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Voters: who asked them? Picture: Rui Vieira/ PA

W IS FOR WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION

In the event of Britain varying with no bargain on trade, we were able to default to the rules set by the World Trade Organisation. Hard Brexiters argue that this would not be so terrible. Many occupations say it would make a nightmare as tariffs and non-tariff hurdles were erected between UK and EU trade.

X IS FOR KISSES

still being blown from all the regions of the Channel from some on the continent. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, recently voiced the is my conviction that Britain might change its recollection. The election result has emboldened some British Remainers to belief the engagement is not over yet. Breversal would require a decisive switch in public opinion and a government willing to hold a second referendum and being allowed to prevail it if there is to overturn the outcome of the first.

Y IS FOR YOUTH

The pro-Remain young were overwhelmed by the pro-Leave old-time in the referendum. Numerous young voters have said that their rage enlivened them to endeavour their reprisalon the Tories in the recent election. What moves around comes around.

Z IS FOR ZERO HOUR

That would be 29 March 2019, when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, treat or no cope. If there is an agreement, it will need to be wrapped up by the end of 2018 to leave meter for permission by EU states and the European parliament. An extension is possible, but would require the unanimous assent of the EU 27. Time is not Britains friend. So thank goodness we have such a strong and stable government.

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