I had intended to write a blog on the 5th December about Nikolaustag in Germany, but I was too busy.
I had intended to write a blog on the 15th December about German Christmas Markets, but I never went.
I had intended to write a blog today along the lines of last year’s “Resolutions” post, but it isn’t appropriate this year.
There is a theme that has been unavoidable, inexorably drilling its way into my daily consciousness with growing urgency for some months now, and that theme is Brexit. And that is what I am going to talk about.
Here are some facts:
- In fewer than 100 days, the UK will reach its deadline to leave the EU
- The EU and UK have both started to implement their no-deal scenario planning
- The UK government has refused to hold a second referendum or to present a reasonable deal capable of winning support in parliament
With a no-deal Brexit looking increasingly likely (it has been the default option all along) I will no longer be a citizen of Europe on the 30th March 2019. To be honest, this is less than ideal. I live and work in Germany with my German wife and children. My life is in Germany. I am in Germany.
True, the EU has called on all member states to ensure that citizen’s rights are protected in the event of no-deal, but only if such rights are reciprocated for EU Citizens in the UK. This does not fill me with confidence. I have followed the news, and politics especially, for the last two years with a hawk’s eyes and Brexit has been a slow-motion suicide from the start. The UK cabinet has been self-servingly careerist and short-sighted throughout. A look at the assorted vainglorious Brexit resignations confirms this.
Both Labour and the Conservatives are being deliberately or, worse, unknowingly, dishonest with the public; they continue in that fine political tradition of squandering an international opportunity to pander to a national audience.
For the last six months, I’ve been obsessed with the latest Brexit developments, and it has driven me slightly mad. I’m far too busy with other things to expend such effort on worrying.
So here is my new year’s resolution: I will accept that Brexit is beyond my control, and get on with life.
And apply for German citizenship.