Reports are circulating of a draft document said to be the ‘Conclusions’ of yet to be held talks at the forthcoming European Summit of Heads of State to be held in Brussels at the end of October. This document appears to have been obtained by Alex Barker of the Financial Times.
Although it seems peculiar to leak the conclusions of a meeting that had not yet taken place, the document appears to be designed to calm nerves after the reported ‘Deadlock’ of the last round of talks between M Barnier for the EU and the UK. It is the first, very belated, sign of common sense.
There will be no progress until the member states themselves begin to take an active part in a process which directly affects their citizens. Leaving the talks entirely in the hands of the European Commission has elevated the pursuit of the purist line of ‘ever closer union of the peoples of Europe’ above the real interests of those peoples. Their elected representatives form the basis of their governments and it is those governments which must ensure that their citizens are not disadvantaged in the pursuit of a rigid ideological objective. Are those representatives of the peoples really prepared to see their cars stopped at Dover, their airplanes grounded, and their cheese undeliverable to the UK just for the sake of the ideological purity of the European project? Their voters will not thank them if they cause mayhem.
If the document is to be believed (it can be found on the euronews website) no preparations for the future have been made so far…and these are the people who complain that the UK is not prepared. The text says ‘The European Council invites the Council (Art 50) together with the Union negotiator to start internal preparatory discussions’. Have they really not had any discussions during the past 18 months? As I said in my last post, the European Union is extremely slow at making decisions, but is it really so stupid that it cannot prepare for what might be an extremely disturbing event for European citizens.
These ‘internal preparatory discussions’ are necessary so that it can be ready to start talks on ‘the future relationship and on possible transitional arrangements’. The transitional arrangements may well have to last a lifetime considering the total incapacity of the European Union, its Commission and the ever shifting parades at meetings of Heads of State to make decisions. We know from past history that major decisions are only made by the European Union at times of extreme political pressure. Closed customs posts and airports might just be such an occasion.