I am beginning to think we may have to turn to anew edition of the Oxford English Dictionary so we can look up the meaning of Brexit.
The much vaulted Theresa Mays claim that "Brexit means Brexit" has clearly not answered and even the term Hard, Soft and ridiculous Red, White and Blue Brexit has left even those who take an active interest in politics scratching our heads.
One model that of Norway has been led Welsh First Minister Jones to visit that country – which is not a member of the EU but is part of the single market – and said the country’s model offered an alternative to “unlimited” freedom of movement.
“I think it’s important as we look for the right model for the UK as it leaves the EU that we look at the experience of other countries. There’s much to learn here in Norway – not quite the exact fit for Wales because agriculture and fisheries are subject to tariffs when Norway exports to the EU.Whilst I welcome Carwyn at least coming up with some ideas and action, but If the UK government is hell bent leaving the EU completely is it not about time he pushed for a "Welsh Breixt" that leave us in the single market?
“They do however have a system of freedom of movement which I think is worth examining [where] it’s not unlimited freedom of movement but it’s freedom of movement to a job. So one has a job with some flexibility around that which I think would be a reasonable compromise as far as the UK is concerned.”
I very much doubt that the Welsh First Minister views on the single market will be listened to any more than the formerr Government’s top representative in Brussels Ivan Rogers quit to be replaced by Sir Tim Barrow.
Rogers reportedly told ministers in October that a new free trade agreement with the EU could take 10 years to negotiate. But the prime minister's office said that did not reflect the government's view.
So what hope for Carwyn
But at least Carwyn May be talking about a solution that may at least soften the blow tom Wales
Russell George, the Welsh Conservatives’ economy spokesman, called for a Brexit trade plan to take advantage of “Trump factor”.
“Let’s take advantage of the ‘Trump factor’, and embrace this historic opportunity to get to the front of the queue for a trade deal with a new president who has indicated his willingness to do business with the UK.As John Dixon has pointed out in his Borthlas Blog entitled "Is it me"?
“It’s clear that the Labour Government’s approach is failing, and the over-reliance of the Welsh economy on exports to the EU is becoming a significant problem at just the time that we have an opportunity to broaden the markets to whom we export...
“2017 is an opportunity to develop a new economic strategy, and that must include a plan to capitalise on the opportunities of Brexit by boosting trade with the rest of the world.”
President-elect Trump’s threats to Mexico and Canada – the only two countries with which the US shares a land border – that he will scrap the free trade agreements and impose heavy import duties is entirely consistent with the line he was taking throughout the election campaign. His protectionist, America First viewpoint has been clearly stated. Trade agreements will only be honoured – let alone negotiated – if they serve the interests of the USA at the expense of other parties. He’s left little room for doubt over his approach.
What I don’t understand is why so many Brexiteers are blithely assuming that he’ll be desperately keen to negotiate a free trade agreement with a country thousands of miles away when he’s planning to tear up such agreements with close neighbours.
No John it is not just you and if Trump record on his business dealings are anything to go by, I wouldn't buy a used car from him.
But we are approaching nearly a year since the UK voted to leave the EU and we still have absolutely no idea what the UK government are planning .
I am not one of those who is calling for a second referendum . We made a mistake and we must live with it.
But we can expect to know by now what it is that we are getting.