No, really I have. I used to call it Clean Exit December 2016, Pay Not a Penny, but now there must be a new name for it. What about this one I just invented:
Sounds catchy to me, I know it’s going to come as a shock to most readers.
Not only do we pay nothing to the EU but we send them our bill for the inconvenience. It requires a certain amount of chutzpah and that’s a nice term because it upsets the FCO so much.
However, methinks someone has tried to muscle in on my patch before:
During a debate with Labour MP Roy Jenkins of the Yes campaign, hosted by David Dimbleby, Mr Benn’s arguments can be seen as resoundingly prophetic for many Brexiteers today.
Mr Benn said: “First of all, I do not for a moment anticipate we shall have difficulty in negotiating the best trading arrangement with the EEC – the arrangement that suits us best.
“And I tell you why, because we are their very best customers. Can you imagine what the Germans are going to say to us?
“[Have some] common sense for a bit. Are they going to threaten they won’t sell us their Volkswagen?
“Are the French going to threaten they won’t sell us their butter?
“Are the Italians going to deny the right to buy their wine?”
The Labour MP added that once the UK will leave, it will again have the right to “invest in the recovery of British industry, free from the control under Article 92 of the Commission”.
He concluded: “We have really got to have confidence in this country’s capacity to survive with world markets as we have always done.”
Bstd! Those were my lines. However, bear with me here:
Let’s imagine there was a vote in the Commons over various Remain options and then a week later, another vote, then another, then another and so on.
But knowing what Benn said and also knowing this:
Knowing how much the Germans want their hands on our finances, plus they detest the upstart French, plus Macron detests Britain in that gracious way de Gaulle adored us, methinks Macron will have a pit of fique and flatly refuse to extend after April 12th, which is great.
So it would not be just Gina Miller we need to thank. Her job done, she can then catch the next boat back to British Guava.
Neat, eh? While they’re all fighting each other, Article 50 says we’re already out, OK, it’s just that no one understands that yet, plus on April 12th, they’ve got absolutely bloody nowhere.
In fact, it’s not unlike this scenario:
So that’s it, Laze and Gem – quietly leave while they’re not watching.
Hang on, something’s just come through – an award of some sort – well that’s very kind of y’all for voting for me:
They love me, they love me. Oh, hang on again, something else has just come through on the ticker: