After the announcement of a COVID vaccine being approved in the UK it looks as if this year is finally on the turnaround. But then something comes to mind, something which has been pushed further and further back into the gutter of my mind, says Ethan Jones.
The only positive from COVID 19 and the pandemic was not having to hear, see or read about Brexit. It was gone. Until now..
Whilst our attention was on the pandemic, the Brexit deadline drew ever closer and is now under a month away.
This really is make or break, our elected officials have one month to secure the UK its biggest deal in recent history.
The ramifications of no deal are catastrophic and will effect everyone regardless of if you voted Leave or Remain.
Before I get told that we have secured trade deals with Japan and we have the ‘special relationship’ with the US, how special will that relationship continue to be after the election of President-Elect Joe Biden and his fraught relationship with our PM, Boris Johnson.
If you don’t know the ins and outs of Johnson and Biden’s relationship, I don’t blame you, everything seems out of place after this year.
It all started during the height of the Brexit referendum in 2016 (see how whenever there’s a mess Brexit seems to be right in the middle of it?!) when Barack Obama voiced his support for the Remain campaign saying that: “The UK should be proud that the EU has helped spread British values and practices.”
Being Vice President at the time, Biden echoed Obama’s words of support for the EU and has been a supporter since.
After Obama’s comments, Johnson took aim in a column for The Sun in which he claimed Obama had a ‘ancestral dislike toward the British Empire’.
After congratulating President Elect Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris, Tommy Vietor, one of President Obama’s special advisor and a close friend of Joe Biden tweeted: “This shapeshifting creep weighs in.
“We will never forget your racist comments about Obama and slavish devotion to Trump”.
This damning response to the UK’s first diplomatic relations with the new President Elect solidified the UK’s position without the EU or a special relationship. Without one of them, we fall to the wayside.
We need a deal to remain relevant as one of the West’s superpowers. Either with the EU or the US. Preferably both.
This is a chance for Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party to fill the promise they made this time last year. ‘Get Brexit Done’ but they really need to get a move on.
In a no deal Brexit there are no winners, only losers. It shouldn’t be a case of tribal party politics, instead it should be about the future of the country and the world as a whole.
If we cannot unite after this year of all years then I have little hope. I really want a miracle and I think it’s not too much to ask considering all the stuff that has been thrown at the world this year.
Get a deal done and give the UK a chance to be at the forefront of international conversation, trade and conservation.