At the time of writing, the EU Referendum is fresh in the mind – the UK has voted for Brexit.
However, what type of exit should it be? How should the cut best be handled? Should the politicians turn to a laser cutter or a water jet (that’s the question you’re all asking, right?) – and what might the differences be…
For a simple cut there wouldn’t be much difference, we’re thinking Britain just leaves, no long goodbyes, that’s it.
Both laser and water jets are good for quick, simple cuts. Both would be fine.
Brexit though is likely to be complex cut, full of twists and turns. A laser isn’t going to cut it, lasers can manage simple cuts of limited depth, deeper cuts, ones which are more nuanced require a water jet.
For Britain to leave the EU, thousands of pages of legal documents have to be trawled through, references changed. Contracts have to be redrawn, there might be changes to border controls. There is going to be a lot of work and it has to be very precise – jobs, immigration, security and much more rests on it.
For a precision cut you need a water jet. Water jet is best described as accelerated erosion, and that’s perhaps what Brexit needs. No sharp cuts, no damage done to the edges as can happen with a laser. No weakening of the structure.
How complete a cut is Brexit going to be? If it is complete, through everything, the UK completely severed from the EU then again it’s going to be a job for a water jet.
A water jet can cut everything bar diamond and tempered glass – that should take care of the job. A laser has many more items it can’t cut, and of course it can’t through the same depth of anything.
Both could cut through all the paperwork, but it would take a laser much longer.
Brexit could get a bit messy couldn’t it, even if that’s not in anyone’s best interest.
Only one type of cutting is environmentally friendly. Only one leaves very little waste, simply some water and abrasive element. All that separates the parts is some water? That sounds somewhat like the UK and the EU.
Of course, it’s water jet cutting which leaves less lasting damage.
If Brexit turns out to be a simple job, then any type of cutting technology will be fine.
Realistically though it’s going to be complicated isn’t it. It’s going to have to be a cut which doesn’t damage either side, yet the cut is likely to be deep and also intricate.
That’s the sort of cutting job only a water jet can manage – accelerated erosion, a natural coming apart.