Brexit Options

We have a Conservative leadership election in the wake of the EU election results.

Here are the facts:

The EU will not reopen negotiations.

Our current extension will run out at Halloween.

There are three options for parliament:

  1. Accept May’s deal
  2. Revoke Article 50
  3. Crash out with No Deal

The first has been repeatedly rejected by parliament.

The third will not be able to win over the house of commons, but will be the default should nothing be agreed.

The Brexit party would like to be part of negotiations but since the EU are not interested that won’t help.

Something needs to move, and that will either take a fresh election or a referendum.

We have a weak opposition (unable to decide if it is pro or anti Brexit) and a minority government unable to act.

The Conservatives will consider a Step to the Right (timewarp anyone?) to appeal to the Brexit party voters.

The Brexit party had no manifesto so its impossible to know what form of Brexit that they want. The best guess would be the No Deal option.

Northern Powerhouse

Brexit is going to happen in the next few years. Since the Safe Harbour provisions failed businesses have been keeping cloud data in the eu region.

Currently the big cloud providers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google) don’t have public cloud data centres in the uk. The closest are Germany and Ireland.

Would it be a good idea for the British government to approach Amazon, Microsoft and Google to build cloud data centres in the Northern Powerhouse area? Once these are on the UK we could get local and national government it onto these platforms. This could be the incentive for the cloud providers to build their platforms here. With care this could reduce the infrastructure costs of government.