“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Silence and Whistles
It has been weeks since last I wrote anything related to Brexit. For all of you who don’t know me it is something of a miracle that I do not feel like talking at all. It is the first time in a long time I have opted to remain in silence and oblivious to the news. After the initial proposal of the UK government to “settle” EU citizens status I got extremely angry. The problem about anger is that it is a feeling strong enough to cloud your judgment and control your emotions. I am fine with freeing the little Hulk that lives within me, but I do not like spending my days shouting at the news or despising my partner for trying to see things from both sides, the EU and his own country. This is the reality of living in limbo. It does affects you on day to day basis. All of us. The remainers are unhappy for the direction the country is taking. The leavers grow impatient because changes are not coming quick enough, if not at all. The EU immigrants are disheartened after more than a year of waiting for an answer. In the meantime the Government is split and still indecisive about which way the UK may leave the EU. In order to lighten the mood we have clever buffoons like Mr Johnson doing politics at international level asking the EU to ‘go and whistle’. There is no wonder why we are all feeling more like crying than whistling. Nice try Boris, just remember you are part of the government, not a worker just having a beer down your local pub.
Unfortunately, I need to leave my vow of silence behind as this week the second round of the negotiations have just finished. Another round of peekaboo that has left me even angrier. So far Brussels, has already rejected the UK proposal regarding EU citizens’ rights. The PM and her cabinet knew very well that EU won’t take anything less than maintaining exactly the same status we happily enjoy now. Cutting down any right is against the very core of the European Union. They have offered UK citizens in Europe to retain exactly the same status quo they enjoy now. It drove me mad trying to think of a single reason why this government wouldn’t reciprocate the offer straight away. I thought they would have their own citizens best interests at heart, but, there is always a but, seeing as the UK hasn’t come back to the second week of negotiations with any upgrades or changes to the proposals, the EU have forgotten what they stand for. Threatening to withdraw their offer for all the UK citizens living anywhere in the EU, making their life a tiny bit complicated. For crying out loud. That’s appalling from the EU. I cannot and I won’t defend the use of threats when it comes to dealing with people’s rights. That’s low. If you so strongly believe in your position you stick by it and follow by example. I know is all part of the give and take of this divorce process but it does break my heart to come to the conclusion that we are indeed for both sides’ just bargaining chips.
A different matter altogether is the agreement on the final bill to be paid. I am sure they will reach an agreement about that well before they sort out the situation of millions of people and their families. In fact they were some tiny baby steps this week towards a solution. Opposite to what Boris said Mr Davis has publicly admitted that a bill needs to be paid but no clues were given about how the government is going to negotiate about it. That is a worrying sight. Ms May is having trouble to control her cabinet, Brexit is still this horizon that no one can explain with clarity and I, like most of you, are growing more and more frustrated with the whole dam thing. You see? There is actually not much new to talk about. We are still going around in circles and in this absence of direction people are getting off tired of being lied to, used or simple misled. If there is something we all have in common, it is the disappointment in the political elite. They are simply letting every single one of us down. “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” Wrote Jane Austen in Sense and Sensibility. Brexit wise they do not seem to be doing much. My beloved Jane is as always right. 200 hundred years on and her words can be applied successfully to this muddled political scene. Time for me to go back to my silence. Hasta la proxima amigos. Thanks so much for reading.