Impact of Brexit on International Sports Difficult to Gauge

Some obscure philosopher once said that politics and religion make strange bedfellows.

We have no comment on the sexual preferences of philosophers. We are accepting of all lifestyle choices. Besides, we do not think said philosopher was advocating for same-sex sleeping arrangements and we have absolutely no inkling if there are gender identifications for politics or religion.

We simply felt that if politics and religion are an odd combination, they combination of politics and sports might be a bit odd as well.

That all started when we started to ponder the impending exit of the UK from the European Union.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto (I’m not in Kansas anymore, neither am I big and bad) Wolff is predicting dire consequences for the futures of the F1 teams based in the UK.

Wolff was huffing and puffing about seven of the 10 F1 teams having bases in England.

Brexit is supposed to happen on March 29. That is a fortnight following the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

If the EU and the UK cannot find a common ground beyond both having a “U” in their abbreviations and England leaves without a proper deal, British citizens would no longer be able to work abroad without a work permit and Europeans would not be able to work in the UK without proper papers.

The implication is that the F1 drivers’ title and the constructors’ title would be handed to Switzerland based Alfa Romeo, or the Italians of Ferrari and Torro Rosso.

Yes, the German auto company Mercedes has its F1 base on the old sod.

Wolff may be crying himself, but his alarm does raise concerns.

What if the political mess in England carries over to codes beyond motor racing?

Imagine the Championships at Wimbledon without Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal.

Think of the Top 14 competition hamstrung by the inability to poach Pom players.

Think of the Open Championship banning all the European golfers.