2nd August 2016
There is a story about a child that wants to travel back in time.
The child goes to one adult – a silly adult – and tells them about wanting to travel back in time.
The silly adult tells the child: you cannot, this is not possible.
The child then goes to another adult – a wise adult – and tells them about wanting to travel back in time.
The wise adult tells the child: have a go, and see what happens.
There are some Brixiteers who think Brexit is easy.
To take two prominent examples , here is Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin:
“Leaving the EU is in principle straightforward; much easier, in fact, than joining since it is not necessary to change domestic laws and regulations. All the laws and regulations that apply by virtue of Britain’s membership can remain perfectly aligned with those of the rest of the EU until they may be changed at a later date. This is how the UK gave independence to the countries of the British empire.”
Leaving the European Union is unquestionably a big decision but it is not a particularly complex one. Article 50 is easy, the royal prerogative is clear and the law is stable. Additionally the political will also seems to be present to make it happen and to work.
Please read the pieces in full, if you can, so you can be sure they are not being misrepresented.
My view, for what it is worth, is that Brexit will not be easy.
But if the proponents of an easy Brexit are right, then the view that Brexit is hard will be disproved soon enough.
So there is no point arguing about it.
Like the wise adult of the story, perhaps one should just say to the proponents of an easy Brexit: have a go, and see what happens.
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