Is Europe is trouble?
Had the European Union been a state, the United Kingdom’s divorce would have been secession.
That it aspires to be unified is becoming clearer day by day.
Effectively, Greece has no sovereignty, and the way matters are going, Italy is realizing it has no financial freedom.
Instead, in a superstate theory, Italy may actually have to pay a fine for exceeding budgets which cross fixed debt ratios.
This isn’t to say such ratios are wrong; on the contrary, they ensure others don’t have to pay for mindless debt appropriation, much like Greece leaving it bankrupt.
For the time being, the Greek tragedy is taking a back seat.
What Britain has achieved is gain approval to leave the EU at significant cost, and even that isn’t final yet.
Popular consensus would have, in hindsight, Britain remaining in the EU. But the stirs that began the whole furore, however loosely bound, are not for British stomachs.
That politicians are so dependent on the bureaucracy has never been as apparent as the Brexit negotiations, because there’s only one breed that understands the fine prints as Monsieur Barnier and Tusk have proven.
As everyone left it to the bureaucrats, Spain suddenly realized it was losing its grip on Gibraltar; Denmark and France losing invaluable fishing rights, and others the right of free movement of citizens.
Those, we are told, will be handled in the forward going relationship and the transition period now seems certain to be extended beyond Britain’s next general election.
Nothing is over till the fat lady sings, and the venue for that is Westminster, where British MPs will have to decide if this is the deal they want to ratify. As of now, the answer is no.
Whether Theresa May’s call for coming together on the best of a bad deal materializes is a matter of time. The options are leaving without a deal, going back to the EU for further compromises that are decidedly unlikely, or return to the electorate for another vote which makes the referendum a terrible waste of time and money.
And whether the EU will welcome them back with open arms or strike new terms is just thinking farther ahead. The Northern Ireland politicians currently have egg on their faces, and if they vote against it, May will have little option but to call fresh elections in the absence of a majority.
In the meantime, the British can castigate their bureaucracy, once famed for their wizardry for not being able to negotiate better.
It was the same bureaucracy that, in drunken impunity, carved up India into the horrible mess that was inherited. It would appear this time they got a taste of their own bitter medicine.
Mahmudur Rahman is a writer, columnist, broadcaster, and communications specialist.