"Complete Brexit", in the sense of the UK being treated by the EU like Brazil or the United States or Japan, was never a realistic perspective, the UK would have lost too much if they just packed up and left, not to mention that there's the issue of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I always expected Brexit to be essentially the UK moving from being part of the EU to some kind of set of deals similar to those made with Norway, basically EFTA/EEA (minus Schengen, since the UK was never part of the Schengen area anyway).piginthecity wrote: ↑What is it you're appealing for me to do ? Why is it my responsibility ? It's the government's job to implement their policy not mine.
You wouldn't ask me to help implement government policy on anything else so why this one thing ?
And what is the 'it' you want to 'get done' ?. Hammond is trying to get some damage limitation 'done'. Johnson is trying to get some vacuous-speechifying-so-he-can-be-prime-minister 'done' and May is trying to get some serious muddling-through-and-making-it-up-as-she-goes-along 'done' until someone puts her out of her misery. McDonnel is getting some Waiting-in-the-wings-until-the-public-give-him-a-chance-to-implement-hard-line-Stalinism 'done'.
Which of these projects are you telling me I'm obliged to support, again ?
By the way, I never took sides on this. I had no love for the EU, was fifty-fifty really and plumped for voting safety as I didn't want to lose my job in a recession. When the vote came through I wasn't too concerned, naively thinking the politicians had bothered to make some sort of plan for each of the outcomes of the referendum which they, themselves, had decided to call. So yes, I feel like a right chump now, but at least I don't have any responsibility for this debacle.
I think that's what will happen anyway, with much gnashing of teeth over it from both the EU and the UK establishment and a lot of hand-waving on both sides to make the world think that their side "won", when in reality neither side will get exactly what they want.
I have no idea if most Brexit supporters are fine with the change from being a part of the EU to being a country strongly associated, but not within the EU. I don't think most supporters of the Remain camp will be happy with this, either. But such is the nature of political compromises.