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BBC Exposes inconsistency of The Brexit Party on Brexit

May 28, 2019 7:43 PM
By Peter Dobbs

One of the problems for science teachers (I used to be a chemistry teacher) is trying to make complex ideas accessible without distorting the basic ideas involved. A poorly chosen phrase and you might need to spend an extra lesson or two trying to correct a misconception.

It is clear that in the wake of the success of the Brexit Party in the EU Elections that phrases such as 'clean Brexit', 'WTO terms' and 'No Deal Brexit' are being thrown out with no apparent thought as to exactly what they mean.

It is therefore most timely that the BBC has thought to produce a timely 'Reality Check' article for their website that you can find here.

It seems probable that the term 'clean Brexit' is an attempt to give the impression that this will result in a conclusion to the endless discussions and wrangling that seem to have dominated the last three years. Similarly 'No Deal' gives the impression of walking away from the negotiating table never to return. These ideas could not be further from the truth, as the article explains. Any form of Brexit will result in negotiations of one sort or other for the foreseeable future. We are a trading nation and you cannot trade without rules and standards. Discarding one set does not mean you can trade effectively without any in the future.

Even the much hyped WTO Brexit will require some agreements, and every country that is currently forced to trade on such terms is seeking to find more favourable ways in which to trade.

To deliberately choose to rip up a set of agreements that allow the UK to trade very favourably with our nearest neighbours seems a remarkable act of folly that hopefully will not withstand the scrutiny it should be getting from our media - and not just the BBC.