In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum result, we were told that "Brexit means Brexit. No one could tell us what it actually meant other than that the UK would absolutely, definitely be leaving the EU. They could not tell us because they did not know. Now, nearly six months later, the Prime Minister tells us she wants a "red, white and blue Brexit" the meaning of which she will apparently allude to before triggering Article 50.
There can be no doubt that the Brexit negotiations will be a bruising affair, so a black and blue Brexit is maybe what we should expect.
Red, white and blue is not the only new Brexit language to emerge from the Prime Minister. Who else has noticed that these past few days, there has been less talk of getting "the best deal for Britain" and more of "the right deal for the UK"?
Perhaps I am seeing things that are not there, but I cannot help but wonder if supplanting "British" with "the UK" is intended to convey subliminal reassurance to the colonies that the Westminster Government has all our interests at heart. If that is the case, it really is not very reassuring at all, because the Tories are doing their level best to ensure that it is they who decide just what Scotland's interests are so far as Brexit is concerned.
The ongoing case before the Supreme Court has taken on a surprising, and altogether more interesting dimension, in that it will determine whether or not Scotland has a legal right to be consulted on Brexit. The Advocate General for Scotland, earlier rightly said that power over foreign affairs were reserved to Westminster. But since we remain a member of the EU and we are, all of us, still EU citizens, can our relationship with the EU be considered a "foreign affair" at all before we actually part ways?
Wouldn't it be great if the Supreme Court were to rule that The Scottish Parliament must be consulted over Brexit. What, I wonder, would the self-loathing Scots and the BritNats make of that? Where would our so-called family of nations be then? Headed for the divorce courts I imagine, probably at England's behest. Unfortunately, this is all most likely the stuff of fantasy.
Speaking of which, there are signs that the UK Government is beginning to realise that to expect a better deal outside of the EU than that which you get when you are in, is probably ever so slightly unrealistic. They do however, seem to be holding on to the delusion that post Brexit, Britain will occupy the world stage on equal terms with the the USA, the EU, China and Russia. The Eton Mess and his fellow Brexiteers mistakenly view Brexit as an opportunity for Britain to rediscover her former glory when in fact, it is likely to see her status diminished further still.
There it is again- the British craving for status, the need to have a seat at the top table, so powerful that they are willing to spend just about whatever it takes to renew Trident (nuclear viagra for a dead empire) which is likely to become obsolete, leaving Britain impotent again, before it has even been completed.
The best thing for Scotland would be for Theresa May's "red, white and blue Brexit" to leave out the blue. But we know there is next to no chance of that happening whilst we are still shackled to the UK and continue to choose to be so.