Theresa May and the Brexit Corner She Created

Theresa May is now asking the EU not to back her into a corner. This is wise of her to say but also laughable: as if she did not create the very corner she doesn’t want to be backed into by

1) Saying Brexit means Brexit and feeding red meat to the base Brexiteers
2) Triggering Article 50 before she had any sort of plan
3) Failing to either create a viable Plan B of projected values of trade with which countries in which commodities/services if negotiation failed aka a good BATNA
4) Failing to start to educate the electorate in its real interests so that any deal or non deal could be referred back to its impact on these key interests
5) Failing to build any sort of relationship of trust with EU leaders which is the pre-requisite for a creative deal she says she wants. And trust does not mean concessions but principled stances with arguments not lobbing some 20 billion number as some sort of opening bid.
6) Failing to offer the criteria by which the UK would settle its obligations to the EU which would have been a way to avoid over commitment and build trust. These are the items that seem reasonable, these seem more debatable and these seem unreasonable….with rationale.
7) Setting out too many red lines which only encourage red lines on the other side in my negotiating experience.
8) Having no real plan as to how to negotiate if she ever gets to discuss trade deals.
9) Having no plan to increase UK productivity whatever the deal/no deal as it is woefully uncompetitive inside or outside the EU with a 25 billion pounds Balance of Payment deficit even before Brexit and negative asset liquid asset balance just revealed.
10) and of course the real architects of the corner are Johnson and the mad horsemen of the Brexitapocalypse

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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