9th July 2018

When President Trump arrives later this week for his semi-official visit to the UK, it's becoming uncertain as to whether or not he will be greeted by the Prime Minister or the acting Prime Minister. For the supposed collective agreement by the Cabinet last Friday, about the final proposal for the conditions to leave the EU is falling apart already. So that meeting was just a day in the country enjoyed (?) at an English Country House.

With members of the Prime Minister's own party declaring – before and after – that they would vote against the agreement, and the beginnings of resignations by her Minister, her political position is under major attack. In fact so far, the UK Brexit negotiator and the Foreign Secretary have resigned, producing a rather rudderless government on the international stage. The EU negotiator meanwhile appears to look on in dismay, but privately I'm sure is rubbing his hands with glee. Punishing the UK was clearly their objective from the start, but now the UK itself is stabbing itself in the back.

I wonder if it might not be a good policy to prosecute politicians whose own hubris makes them produce policies that do not put the country first, but instead enable them to establish their views in law. The biggest culprit in this débâcle was David Cameron, who couldn't negotiate any compromise with the EU Commission when he was Prime Minister. Then running scared against political opposition at home, called a referendum completely unnecessarily. Realising the mess he created, he scuttled off out of politics altogether.

The British public does not get off scot-free either. Young people of voting age who were dismayed at the referendum result, didn't vote. They abrogated their future to disinterest in the country's prosperity. Had they voted, the result may well have been different, but they've only just realised that now – too late.