Archive for October 16, 2019

200 days since we were scheduled to Leave the EU and today nothing looks any different to how it did before

October 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Yes, believe it or not, as we watch intently for word that Boris and the EU have a deal, whilst listening if his promise that we will Leave the EU on Halloween will be broken, the benchmark has been reached of two hundred days since we should have already left.

Whilst observers from the Brexit side of the Leave vs Remain argument have become increasingly concentred over recent days over the direction things have been going and what is actually about to come, some of us still hope that Boris will come through the middle of all the red flags and warning bells and deliver a meaningful Brexit – or a defined pathway to it – and in so doing immediately dispel all of our concerns.

The big problem is that we have been here too many times already before. Nothing looks any different. It looks like our politicians are again on the verge of attempting to sell us out.

And with the DUP and the ERG making noises that are beginning to sound all too familiar and of the and we repeatedly heard under the tenure of Mrs May, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, the messages coming in every direction tell us that on 31st October we will be in exactly the same place as we are now and as we were 200 days before today.

Categories: Brexit, Europe, Uncategorized

May’s Withdrawal Agreement was dreadful because it was not what we voted for. Selling it differently won’t make it any better

October 16, 2019 Leave a comment

In amongst all the rampant optimism and the idea that Boris is about to get the deal the nobody else possibly could, there are alarm bells ringing for many of us about how this is all likely to unfold.

Whilst there must be a strong dose of reality for all about what will distinguish anything that Boris delivers from that which was tabled by Theresa May, it would be fair to say that there is growing concern that whatever Boris has done will end up with the same old backstop simply called something different, whilst also selling  out Northern Ireland along the way.

Brexit did not cause the problems that we are now experiencing in Parliament and with our system of democracy. This is all about the quality and motivation of the politicians involved.

We hoped and still cling to it, that Boris is different and can demonstrate that politics can be used for the better in this Country – unlike Mrs May.

Theresa Mays deal was flawed from the start, simply because it was created from the standpoint of Remain, by politicians who have found it all too easy to manipulate the public by playing the long game, telling us one thing on one day, delivering something completely different the next and then insisting that they are exactly the same.

The devil is always in the detail. And as history in dealmaking with the EU had already shown us, the politicians who are committed to the EU project previously found it very easy to tell us that Agreements and Treaties would result in very different outcomes. And they succeeded because even our MPs didn’t bother reading the details and working out what in writing they actually say.

May’s Withdrawal Agreement could have succeeded in getting through, if it was not intended to deliver on the outcome of a democratic plebiscite which would bring any attempt to change the outcome to immediate public view – no matter how clever the wording was.

May’s deal was flawed and ultimately failed not because so many of our current MPs will vote down anything that threatens their so-called jobs. But because it failed to deliver a clean, no deal Brexit either immediately or in the long term, following on from any process that it might then be necessary to involve.

Today, even after all this time since the Brexit Vote was delivered, we might well be on the verge of being handed another so-called Brexit with different wrapping and a few tweaks to the detail here and there. What ultimately sounds like it will be Brexit in name only – and therefore a Withdrawal Agreement that is in principle no different – even if the words and the salesman in charge do not appear to be the same.

Boris’ real opportunity when he became Prime Minister was to be a different kind of leader to the ones who have already been in No10.

He might be screwed by the situation he inherited from May right now, but challenges like these are what would make the grand statesman that he wishes to be remembered as. So if he still wants that glory, he needs to very quickly begin opening some different doors.

Whether it takes weeks, months, years or until June 2022 to finally get one, it was already in July and today remains the case that only a General Election has the potential to give Boris the Parliamentary numbers necessary to deliver and maintain the Brexit that the British People Voted for.

It doesn’t matter how much the Remain-collective-opposition and the Remain obsessives protest. You cannot simply erase the existence of an historical democratic event of the magnitude of Brexit by telling the People who voted that you are delivering it in words, whilst with actions and on paper you are doing an entirely different thing.

Here’s hoping Boris actually gets it right.

Categories: Brexit, Europe
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