Of course there had to be diplomatic contact. There are outstanding budgetary issues which were decided upon long before the referendum, thousands of worldwide projects the UK is involved in under the EU flag (development aid, military & civilian missions, trade missions..) Home Office officials throughout all layers of the institution - we're not even talking about trade yet. All of these and millions of other aspects about the UK's institutional participation & obligations have to be decided on prior to the UK leaving the EU in order to facilitate an orderly and managed exit. Then there's other facets such as all EU subsidies and projects in the UK, the terms of access to the single market etc. Just pulling the plug from one day to the next has hugely destabilising effects. I shouldn't need to explain this
Dilbert_X wrote:There was never a prerequisite for a deal before Brexit, most people assumed that would come after.
Now we're talking about diplomatic contact.
What if I told you being part of the Eurozone is not a prerequisite for having diplomatic contact?
You and your kind are projecting so hard you have created an entire alternative reality for yourselves.
What you don't want to do is first exit without discussion and only then start talking about the terms of a future relationship. Why would that even be considered? It's a completely backwards way of working. The brexit referendum wasn't a carte blanche to deliver the most far reaching, extreme option on the table.
And that's not what has been happening in practice so far either. As you can see parliament still has a huge say in the process and half the country didn't vote leave. Democratic governance means that consensus needs to be found between both leavers and remainers. It's not a game of winner takes all, especially not when the poll results are as close as they were.