We in the EU are sad to see our friends in Britain leave, but we will always welcome you back if you change your mind, says Eamon Cassells, a young beef farmer from County Meath in Ireland.
Well things certainly moved rapidly since my last article here, didn’t they?
Unfortunately, Brexit is far from over, we have simply moved to the next phase.
The real negotiations start now and we’ll see if we get some sort of trade deal between us and you.
Hopefully common ground can be found to minimise the impact when New Year’s Eve chimes again.
I must say, I was hit by a wave of sadness on January 31 as we saw one of our close friends drift away, but you are big enough and bad enough to make your own choices – even if we don’t think they are in your own self-interest.
It’s a bit like your sister going out with a guy you know is a fool, but she’s an adult and has to find that out herself.
The only thing I hope is whatever happens now, the Brexiteers are grown up enough to take ownership of what happens going forward – whether good, bad or indifferent.
You’ve made your own bed, so now you may lie in it.
I notice the new Agriculture Bill is powering its way through the Commons.
By the looks of things, British farmers are not leaving red tape behind them as they leave the EU.
But Boris Johnson seems very reluctant to introduce legally binding protection for imported food standards. Maybe he has one eye on a US trade deal?
EU officials are refusing to accept the PM’s ‘trust me it’ll be fine’ stance on such matters. I would urge British farmers to take a similar line.
While I might seem a bit gloomy, things aren’t all bad.
Calving season starts here next week, and with it, all the joy of new life that brings.
The days are getting brighter and spring is not far away, but most of all Nigel Farage is now completely irrelevant and can fade into obscurity – proving there is always something to look forward to.
So farewell, and good luck Britain. There is a seat at the table if you change your mind.
Eamon can be found tweeting at @Eamon4prez