2017-08-07 09:14:13 UTC
You folks may already have twigged but it occurred to me last week that
when it comes to Brexit members of the establishment are talking about
two different types of transition.
I think of a transition as an intermediate state between two others. We
are here now. We want to get there. But it's too big a step to do in one
go or time is needed to prepare. We therefore need an intermediate state
or two in between to help the change to go smoothly.
But quite a number of others see it differently. To them, a transition
essentially means an extension of the status quo. When they talk of a
transition on leaving the EU they really mean an extension of existing
Am I right? Have a listen out when various politicians and journalists
talk about a transitional period and see what you think their meaning is.