60 seconds: Divorce and Mrs May

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60 seconds: Divorce and Mrs May

Morning,

Divorce can be a messy business. Especially when one side does not really want to divorce. The lawyers hover like vultures to fight their side for their own cause.

This week, we’ve seen two high profile divorce cases hitting speed bumps. Seemingly, being unhappy isn’t a reasonable case for divorce. Poor Tini Owens had her appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court, meaning she must remain married to her husband until 2020.

84459f0e-c5b3-4e0c-b277-051b2ccc0494As parliament heads into its summer break, Theresa May might even be dreaming of the UK’s divorce from the EU, given the pressure stepping up from across the political spectrum for a second referendum. The cynics in the room might raise a legitimate question as to which divorce will be finalised sooner – Mrs Owens’ or the EU.

Now, the problem with divorce goes back to our teenage years when we’ve all had the ignominy of being dumped. The person being dumped naturally feels aggrieved even if it was obvious that the relationship had nowhere to go. There is often a feeling of: ‘I wished I had dumped them first’.

So think how the poor old EU felt when the people of the UK decided to dump them.

Then we are insisting that we want to set the terms of the divorce. Is it any wonder that the austere M. Barnier and M. ‘Jolly’ Juncker are waiting like boxers in the corner of a ring for poor old Mrs May?

Meanwhile, the glamorous Mrs Owens (still her husband’s name) must live in a loveless marriage until she and her husband have been separated for five years. She failed to convince the judge that her husband’s behaviour was ‘unreasonable’ – certainly not a fault that can be levelled at the Brexit campaign.

Perhaps she should have enlisted the services of that renowned legal firm: Johnson, Gove & Davis.

See you in Court.

Have a good weekend.

Tom


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