The major news of the weekend revolved of course around Glasto and the Eurofootie - the TV managed to squeeze in a programme or two on the EU leaving the UK, but this had to give way to the footie and clashes between Adele and Wales were minimised. Oh yes, the weather made the news too.
Meanwhile a weak and cowardly Cameron saw that his country needed firm leadership, and ran away. A man so narcissistic, so self-centred that he so easily put his own comfort before the good of the nation and deserted his post deserves nothing from history but opprobrium. As Britain descended into a sort of anarchic panic over the weekend, a short broadcast, a few calm and emollient words might have been expected. Instead, the bugger has run off. A silly dilettante little man, I suppose we are well rid of him. Neither have we seen sign of the furtive Onanist Osborne, when at least a clip of the lights burning at the Treasury and a short statement would help calm the hysterical girls of the financial markets.
I went with a forecast of a 10% drop against the $ with the £/€ holding at 1.25 - 1.30 and I think after some opening jitters today that's about what we'll settle into by the end of the week. London is also overdue for a 20% fall in house prices - a sharp contraction will serve to silence the irritating anti-Brexit whine coming from the capital, ease rent pressures and give them all something else to worry about.
Juncker and Schulz are very insistent on our early exit, which is reason enough for us to hang on. We've got a Greek default to come this Summer, plus the collapse of the Italian banks. So long as the UK can still exercise our QMV power, so long as our MEPs can still obstruct or delay the Commission's diktats, we need to gain avery ounce of bargaining power we can. Juncker has assembled a crack team of Eurocrats; we need to use London's world class lawyers and commercial negotiators and put a force into the field that will whupp their arse. Even £1bn in fees at this stage would be worth it; we simply can't leave it all to the weak, silly amateurs of the civil service. We also need Gove to head it up - if only for the reason that they hate him, and he doesn't care.
And I wouldn't lose a second's sleep over the referendum result not being recognised. Any such attempt by either parliament or government would lead to an immediate campaign of civil disobedience so widespread and so powerful as to bring the nation to a halt.
So, the EU has left us, and that's fine. As we say at the leaving dos, I wish them every success for their future ventures. Here's the pen, fuck off.
And if you need a quick reminder as to why it was all so necessary, here's 4m of Nigel in the EP;