Rethinking Europe

12 Rules for How Not to Negotiate a Successful Brexit

Why the UK’s Brexit strategy is such a terrible failure diplomatically.

Takeaways


  • Brexit promoters are schizophrenic: They boast that they are atop the world. A moment later, as soon as their pipedreams are challenged, they whine endlessly about other nations being out to “punish” the UK.
  • Brexiteers seem to believe that they hold all the cards in their hands. In reality, they hold as many cards in their hand as Arsenal in international competition.
  • In their pursuit of a “grand” deal, Brexiteers are determined not to take in reality. It’s a bit like the Russian Communists in 1917.

Nobody can be seriously surprised by the collective cold shoulder which Theresa May received from the EU27 leaders at the just concluded Salzburg Summit.

As I first detailed in The New European in March 2017, the UK’s “negotiating” strategy has long been based on ludicrous assumptions.

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Click on this link to read this 12 point “Oped-Visual” that provides a powerful overview of the madness of the British approach.

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Consider these beauties:

1. Don’t whine so much

The promoters of Brexit are really schizophrenic: They boast that, now fully sovereign, they are atop the world. A moment later, as soon as their pipedreams are challenged, they whine endlessly about other nations being out to victimize or “punish” the UK.

2. Being cocksure signals desperation

Another amazing feature about the promoters of Brexit is that they seem to seriously believe that they hold all the cards in their hand. Or that the world owes them to get away with their flight of fancy, yet again. In reality, they hold as many cards in their hand as Arsenal in international competition.

3. Get real

The most amazing spectacle about the promoters of Brexit is that, in their unwavering pursuit of a “grand” deal, they are determined not to take in reality. It’s a bit like the Russian Communists in 1917. They ended up, quite accidentally, with a revolution – and were desperate to make the country fit the ideological precepts. See Stalin’s “Socialism in one country”.

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About Stephan Richter

Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist. [Berlin/Germany]

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