A Slartibartfast Brexit

26th June 2018

Today we heard this Brexit news from the Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark:

To which the estimable former UK trade policy official David Henig commented:

The UK appears to now be devising a special “Norway” model for Brexit.

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 “Did you ever go to a place… I think it was called Norway?”

“No,” said Arthur, “no, I didn’t.”

“Pity,” said Slartibartfast, “that was one of mine. Won an award you know. Lovely crinkly edges. I was most upset to hear about its destruction. … Perhaps I’m old and tired, but I always think the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say ‘hang the sense of it’ and just keep yourself occupied.”

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13 thoughts on “A Slartibartfast Brexit”

  1. The possibilities are endless: the Brexit whale learning about reality as it plummets; the Brexit cow that selects itself for slaughter and loves every minute..

    You are on to something

  2. Good to see Clark, at least, hasn’t gone as completely insane as some members of the Cabinet. With any luck, we are moving towards BINO.

  3. Wasn’t it Slartibartfast who revealed that it was actually the mice who were in charge and running the show? There may be an analogy there…..

  4. I see from Wikipedia that Douglas Adams wanted Slartibartfast’s name to sound very rude, but such that the BBC would broadcast it.

    He apparently started with the name “Phartiphukborlz”, and changed bits of it until it would be acceptable to the BBC!

  5. When oh when will the govt realise that this is not just a matter of negotiating amongst themselves. The tough part will be negotiating seriously about futures with the EU (and in this case it would also be with Noway and EEA partners who don’t want a British Norway) …and time is really running out

  6. I have read and heard the opinions of many so called experts who believe the EU will buckle if only we stand firm. It is true that the EU will suffer if no deal is made but few bother to tell us that we will suffer a great deal more. The EU can simply not afford to let us win in these negotiations, if they did, how many more countries would wish to leave the Union on the same terms.
    It is clear to see that we are not the only Nation bulking against an ever closer union, many feel the same way and that feeling is growing, most are not anti the original aims of the once great Common Market but against the ever growing and unchecked power of the European Parliament.

    It will be very difficult to undo that which had occurred but undo it we must or the Whole thing will implode. We have chosen to turn our backs on our partners, smaller nations such as The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Poland etc have lost the one counterweight to the Franco German alliance. I ask, how long will the EU last without that counterbalance.

  7. So the Norwegian Blue which was supposed to be dead and lying on the bottom of its cage has staged a comeback. Does Norway have any say in whether the UK can enter the sort of arrangement suggested?

  8. As Ms Deighton (above) points out Norway is an EEA and EFTA member. So there wouldn’t be a “special Norway” (although maybe a “special switzerland”) option.
    In fact EFTA is basically a second tier EU keeping to the old EEC principles but accepting freedom of movement and having only a limited say in the construction of the regulations. It is a matter of opinion how “much” of EU law has to be accepted (because the importance of various regulations is a matter of opinion). For a useful blog from a “Leave” enthusiast who recommends EFTA membership see Eureferendum.com

  9. Of course Slartibartfast was asssigned the African coastline for Earth 2.0

    I believe that also featured as a priority “country” for post-Brexit trade deals!

  10. Maybe now is the best time to leave the planet, leaving a note saying “So long and thanks for the fish”.

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