Lisa and I are planning on taking a vacation in November. Up until a few weeks ago, our plan was to travel to the UK so that I could visit with family and so we could cross the channel and spend at least a day or two in Paris. When we were in the UK last year, our plans to see France were canceled as a result of the Yellow Vest Riots so we were hoping to make up for that this year.
However, the problem with making vacation plans right now is that I’m not sure what type of state the UK’s going to be in, come November. Boris Johnson has said that the UK will be leaving the EU on October 31st, regardless of whether a deal is in place or not. No one seems to be sure what a No Deal Brexit would be like. Depending on who you read and where you read it, it could either be no big deal or it could be the end of the UK as we know it.
That’s assuming, of course, that Boris Johnson is even prime minister in November. Jeremy Corbyn has been pushing the idea of Parliament to make him a “caretaker prime minister,” in order to ensure that there won’t be a No Deal Brexit. The day that Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party, I swore that, if Corbyn ever did become PM, I would not step foot in the UK until he was out of office. Considering that most of the family that I have in the UK is also planning on leaving the country in the event that he ever becomes PM, there wouldn’t be much reason for me to visit.
Fortunately, I doubt that Corbyn could ever get the backing necessary to become even a caretaker PM. If Corbyn’s ever going to move into 10 Downing Street, Labour’s going to have to actually win a general election.
Still, in this time of increasing uncertainty, we have to ask ourselves if not Europe, then where?
Greenland, perhaps? If it’s going to be the 51st State, now seems like a good time to visit.
I’m not going to speculate on how Boris is going to do as PM. Most people seem to think he’s destined to either be a spectacular success or a spectacular flop. You may think that but I couldn’t possibly comment.