Theresa May’s unwillingness to engage with the process in which the UK will leave the EU reminds me, in many ways, of a scene from an old TV drama, Robin of Sherwood.
The show is a drama; so is Brexit. It is set in a time of Norman feudalism – which is destined to return if Mrs May and her Tories get their way.
In this particular scene, two of the main characters are fighting like two cats in a bag while the authorities do their best not to get involved. The city guard, alerted to the tumult by one of the show’s baddies, are nevertheless extremely relaxed about the possibility of, you know, actually doing anything.
“Come on, come on!” shouts our baddy as they are choosing their weapons.
To this, the watch’s head guy turns around from discussing who is going to wield the hoe, and says: “We’re very nearly ready.”
That’s This Writer’s opinion of Mrs May’s attitude.
She’s very nearly ready to start considering the possibility that an idea relevant to negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU might, some day soon, enter her mind.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union early next year, according to a top EU official.
European Council President Donald Tusk said Mrs May had told him the UK could be ready to begin talks by February.
The BBC’s Tom Bateman says this is the clearest sign yet of when the two-year withdrawal process may start.
Mrs May’s office said it would not be launched this year, but did not confirm Mr Tusk’s account.
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