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‘Cries of betrayal’ Fears constant rows with EU neighbours will be ‘debilitating’

Brexit debate ‘far from settled down’ says Alastair Campbell

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David Henig, UK director of Brexit and global trade, and co-founder of UK Trade Forum states that there is an: “Existing perception that Brexit has been badly handled will likely be reinforced.” The comments come after the Independent Commission of UK-EU relations was formed to fix broken relations between Britain and Brussels.

Mike Clancy, the chair of the group said: “Beyond the economy, there are unresolved issues in defence, police cooperation and the outcome for Northern Ireland.”

He added: “This Commission is necessary for us to understand exactly what has been broken, and to propose viable solutions.”

On speaking about ties with the EU, the group chair said: “The stand-off between the Johnson government and the European Commission – as well as tensions with other EU member states, notably France – has created a breakdown of trust on all sides.”

Speaking of the long-term issues, Mr Clancy said: “The stand-off between the Johnson government and the European Commission – as well as tensions with other EU member states, notably France – has created a breakdown of trust on all sides.”

With the evidence in mind, commentator David Henig said on Twitter: “Best guess is that over time there will start to be stronger UK-EU ties as the centre reasserts in the face of strong noise from those crying betrayal (in different ways).”

In a thread highly critical of the Brexit process, Mr Henig also said: “The expectation of a few years ago was that by now the UK would broadly have ‘accepted’ Brexit and be moving on.”

He added: “That hasn’t happened, the obvious problems resulting from new EU barriers combined with Government denial and incompetence is seeing to that.”

Speaking of lessons that have not been learned, the commentator said: “The political debate among Brexit ultras notably is moving on towards the reason for lack of UK post-Brexit success being insufficient deregulation and high taxes, as I’ve suggested before, an 80s ultra-Thatcherite tribute act in a very different time. Unlikely to work.”

The debate continues as the EU and the UK remain in loggerheads over several issues.

With the Northern Ireland Protocol being a major sticking point in post-Brexit relations with the EU, the UK Government has threatened to trigger Article 16, which could potentially see the two economic powerhouses launch into a sticky trade war.

Citing that the EU has also lost interest in Brexit, and are now concentrating on their own priorities was Maaike Verbruggen, who replied to Mr Henig stating things had changed.

She said: “Yeah, and the people and organisations on the other side of the Channel have also moved on from Brexit and are focusing on other things. The Brits will have to come up with something real and substantive to get other people to engage than the dedicated Brexit functionaries.”

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This argument has been supported by the French pushing forward with the sanctions and attempted punishments over the fishing row with Britain.
With France claiming that Britain has not issued enough fishing licences to French vessels in British waters, the notion that national interests come first have been demonstrated in the harsh methods Paris is seeking to impose on London.

For many who support Brexit, the country has shown on numerous occasions that the newfound sovereignty that London now enjoys proves that by removing itself from the umbrella of the EU, Britain can make its own choices

Yet, with frustration and anger mounting against the Government by many who wish for a tougher stance against Europe, the notion that Brexit is failing is becoming stronger, as demonstrated by those that feel betrayed by the authorities in charge.

Of the numerous opinion polls that are circulating over whether people think Brexit is working, none currently show that polls suggest it was the right thing to do.

However, Britain has on multiple occasions proved that post-Brexit Britain has been a success, and that opinion polls never truly reflect the actual sentiment of voters on the real issue, as demonstrated when the leave campaign won the referendum, against all odds and opinion polls.

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