An Estonian's opinion of Brexit
Posted by N44 on March 13, 2019, 11:10 am
An article written by an Estonian politician, who is a big supporter of the UK, and anti EU. |
He describe how Estonia left the USSR, and how we should follow suit..
Great article - copied in full.
"Around Europe, Theresa May’s “deal” is described as a capitulation. For one of the first times, I think the European media may have the essential truth. Certainly, there is little quarrel with that description. The first step to victory, to lasting peace, is not to capitulate. Can we all agree on that?
People ask me in Brussels what is the plan to save Brexit? I am a Eurosceptic MEP but I am from Estonia, how should I know? I telephone London and ask what is the plan? Descriptions of events these days is that it is hand-to-hand fighting, everything is immediate and tactics are only for the situation of the moment.
One is put in mind of that scene in “All Quiet on the Western Front” when Sergeant Katczinsky explains how to use a spade in trench fighting. But even in this war of attrition, which we have witnessed for two years now, someone should have sat back from the trenches and planned a breakthrough, invented the tank or something. You may survive for the moment but you cannot win a war with shovels.
Certainly, May’s capitulation must be shredded. That much is obvious. But then?
Let me offer you a recollection of when I was sent with colleagues to the Supreme Soviet to regain Estonian independence. First of all, they sent people to do that job, who believed in independence. They did not send some Party apparatchiks who believed in the USSR. We Estonians were not so stupid.
Of course, it would be useful if the British could elect a parliament who actually believed in the British people - and their will.
The only characters in this tale who seem to know about negotiation are the DUP. Their basic negotiation approach has been that if Mrs May gives them what they want, they'll let her survive - a crude but effective tactic. Mrs May’s successor must understand that these are not negotiations between gentlemen of goodwill looking for mutually advantageous business.
The Soviet Constitution had something similar to Article 50. It was not really there to make it easy to leave the Union. Did you find that Brussels, as Moscow, devised all kinds of convoluted legalistic mechanisms to bog you down? We knew to resist these from the start and not to be enthusiastic accomplices in every framework and timetable they concocted.
Someone courageous with cunning and a devout belief in Brexit needs to come back to Brussels. That much should also be obvious.
Independence must be immediate and unconditional. “No deal” is not “no deal forever”. To Moscow, we said, “we are we and you are you - now let us be friends." After a no deal, Britain and Europe will be friends. Remainers' Project Fear conjures up images of reprisals against Britain. Sure, they will be a desire for this in Brussels circles but people in Europe like Britain and they like the Brexit rebellion.
No deal would be a momentary state before people negotiated all kinds of deals. You know that Mrs May does not speak at all for Britain, so why do you believe that Guy Verhofstadt speaks for Europe?
The “cliff edge” of no deal is really a gently sloping sandy beach. To calm us down, let me remind you about the last "catastrophe" we all had awaited - that of Y2K: nothing happened! Although the level of risk was there above zero: the crisis was managed by human control. But nothing happened. The sun will rise after no-deal-Brexit and the skylarks will sing as always. Goods, people, cargo will follow their paths as if nothing has happened. Simply because all the trade rules between UK and EU are still valid and function: GATT, Principles of UNIDROIT, CISG and many others.
Free trade will continue between the EU and the UK as had always been the case before the EU. The threatened new tariff regime, the rebirth of Napoleon’s Continental System, will take some time to erect - and during that time those car workers, those business leaders those concerned with military security will have ample time to curtail the fantastic ambitions and the spite of the Brussels elite - maybe as we see people contain Macron today.
The difference is though that in the moments after a no-deal Brexit, these two partners may negotiate additional deals at rapid pace to ensure the smooth operation of profitable production and trade - or even establish additional barriers or preferences if that is their will and intention.
When the British people defeated the EU in referendum, you did it for all of Europe. The deal you want is what we want. You defeated our adversaries. You should be demanding surrender terms, not offering them."
Prof Igor Gräzin is an Estonian politician, law professor and commentator who was also a Member of the last Supreme Soviet of the USSR