CHESS AND CHEQUERS
The Somerset Guardian, 10th October 2018
“Chess is the struggle against the error.” This is a quote from Johannes Zukertort, a German-Polish chess master who was one of the leading world players for most of the 1870s and 1880s.
The current state of Brexit negotiations is beginning to mirror a chess match, albeit a poorly played one. Whilst the Government is trying to remain the King, cravenly hovering at the back of the board, scared to make a bold move the European Union (EU) is attempting to be the Knight, jumping over many of its opponents to ensure that it retains control of the United Kingdom (UK) in everything but name.
If this continues then the Brexit negotiations will reach stalemate. The EU keeps pushing the Government for financial and political concessions which is not what the electorate voted for. The Government, on the other hand, refuses to budge from it Chequers plan, which the electorate also did not vote for. Had 10 Downing Street’s game been executed with more finesse, flexibility and forethought it could have been a struggle against the error which was our membership of the EU. However, it is the stubbornness of our negotiators that is hindering the UK and making it harder for us to obtain a good deal. The EU has been clear that the options are based upon Norway or Canada.
Chequers ought never to have been introduced to a game of chess but a Canada-style deal means that both sides could win.