I don’t know whether those who keep saying that we just need to get to 29 March 2019 and we’re out have realised the implications of the ‘Withdrawal Agreement’. The Withdrawal ‘Treaty’ is being rushed through for the October meeting of the European Council. It is welcomed by the EU: they want it and they know it will bind our hands going into the future. They get their money guaranteed and a version of free movement will be written into International Law. Theresa May wants it because it will prevent a de facto break up of the Union and will ensure that we are as effectively tied to the EU as now. Those saying just leave and go to WTO terms may not have realised that we would effectively be barred from operating as the UK entity in such circumstances, merely as Great Britain – and there is even the possibility that we may not, because of that, be able to take our seat at the WTO. Continue reading “Withdrawal Treaty – The Door Closes on WTO”
As reported by The Telegraph, The Sun and others today, Vince Cable said he had been holding “confidential discussions” at a private dinner last Monday about a new political party. It was so important he missed a crucial Commons vote which the Government only won by three votes. He refused to reveal who he had been meeting with but a senior LibDem source said he had met with a cross-party group, including a number of Labour Party figures. Blair? Mandelson? Campbell? They had apparently discussed setting up a new political party of the centre ground. Keep in mind that earlier this year, Tony Blair launched a “new policy platform to refill the wide open space in the middle of politics”. (BBC)
I remember the sixties and seventies. The sixties was all about swinging London’, The Beatles, Twiggy, mini skirts and Mary Quant. It was Carnaby Street and student demonstrations, the pill and youth culture. Economically, it wasn’t a time of great optimism, though. Despite being told that we’d never had it so good, there was an air of tiredness about us. The war had been twenty years earlier but we were still suffering from its effects. Slum clearances, poor housing, low paid work and make-do-and-mend were signs of endurance and stoicism, not signs of a hopeful horizon.
It looks as if our political class is still mired in tiredness and defeatism. We need The Future With BREXIT to revitalise our vision and inject optimism.
What is the point of Tory MPs holding off putting in their letters to the 1922 Committee? It seems they are being urged to wait until after the summer recess when it will have become clearer whether Theresa May is watering the deal down even further, in which case, they are being told, there will be more support for a vote of no confidence. Have I missed something? What if she hasn’t had to water the White Paper down because the EU accepts it as it echoes at least one they already have with the likes of Morocco? What then? Too late, that’s what! This delay tactic is more fudge in the hope that kicking the can further down the road will leave it too late to do anything meaningful. The tories must get Rid of Theresa May Now or Face Electoral Oblivion.Continue reading “Get Rid of Theresa May Now or Face Electoral Oblivion”
If you thought things could not get much worse in these daily tremors that we feel over BREXIT, Theresa May apparently told the Cabinet at Chequers last weekend that they could not amend the proposal she was putting to them for BREXIT or as we now call it, BRINO (BREXIT in name only) because Mrs Merkel had already approved the draft. This is BREXIT Treachery and the UK will become a vassal state of the EU.
The fudging is over. Theresa May is finally getting off the fence. We’re going to get the BREXIT that 17.4million people voted for. BREXIT will mean the Customs Union would end, to be replaced by something that looks like a Customs Union. BREXIT will mean we’d be leaving the Single Market but joining another kind of Single Market. BREXIT will mean Free Movement would end and instead be replaced by something which looks very like free movement but called something else. BREXIT will mean we would still be subject to rulings of the European Court of Justice in some areas and the grand prize – we will be able to forge our own trade agreements with the rest of the world as long as they abide by all of the rules and regulations that the EU determine for us. Not fudge at all, then.
So Theresa May jetted off to Germany yesterday to see Frau Merkel about her BREXIT PLAN. Why? We can only speculate, of course, but it sounds as if she was running her latest wheeze of an idea for the softest of soft Brexits past her – before her Cabinet have even seen it. Call this a BREXIT PLAN? This is a BREXIT Betrayal! That delight will take place at Chequers this weekend when the stitch-up will have been sorted. No point in asking for agreement unless you are prepared to dismiss any disagreement.