The European Union is either demonstrating its lack of understanding of a main motivator for the people of Great Britain’s decision to quit the EU, or it’s intent on making the departure onerous pour encourager les autres, or some combination of the two. Michel Barnier, the EU’s “Brexit negotiator,” has laid out the terms of his initial position.
One such term is
ensuring that EU citizens in the UK keep their welfare benefits and residency rights for their lifetimes.
Never mind that EU citizens drawing welfare benefits should have those benefits paid for by the EU or those citizens’ home country—which do not today pay the generous rates that the British government does.
Furthermore, those rights
should be directly enforced by the European Court of Justice, the EU’s top court, giving it a role in Britain until “well after the UK leaves.
This ignores the simple fact that, as a sovereign nation, Great Britain gets to use its own court system for all domestic matters and to determine whom it shall permit within its borders. It is not for any nation, or any foreign court, to dictate to another to what laws that other must submit or whom that other must accept into its bosom.
That’s not all. There must be
British payment to cover past EU financial commitments[.]
The payments, of course, insists the EU through Barnier, must be in euros, putting the currency exchange risk on the departing Brits.
the status of the Northern Ireland border
is for negotiation and not for the sovereign British to decide with the Republic of Ireland—which is to say the border’s status is already determined.
And this bit:
Michel Barnier repeatedly emphasized that Brexit would be painful and complicated.
Which reminds me of what Theron said to Queen Gorgo in 300. Barnier displays the same contemptuous disdain for Great Britain. He should however, recall Theron’s fate at Gorgo’s hand.