The reluctance with which May has embraced Brexit is being allowed to threaten not only the future of Conservative Party but the independence of the countryby Timothy Bradshaw / January 15, 2019 / Leave a comment
Theresa May’s puzzlingly “remainer” Brexit policy—reluctant at best and abject capitulation at worst—seems to have a quasi-religious status; a divinely-ordained idol which must be accepted at any and every cost, including the very existence of the Conservative Party and the independence of the UK as a sovereign state.
The Party is at war with itself as Dominic Grieve and Co’s swashbuckling gang of Remainer Tory MPs raid its own official government, uniting with opposition parties to inflict a defeat on a crucial government supply bill.
Their amendment, tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, banned the Treasury from spending on “no deal” preparations, in order to limit the possibility of the UK quitting the EU without the permission of the EU, and on its conditions set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.
Both Labour and Conservatives campaigned in the last general election on supporting Brexit and leaving the EU. This was defined by the Conservative Referendum leaflet as quitting the single market, customs union and ECJ jurisdiction. Mrs May’s Lancaster House “red lines” were accompanied by the slogan “no deal is better than a bad deal.”
For over two years now has been drummed into the nation’s expectations—but now, the rebels have rubbed out May’s reassuring words that the UK would refuse a bad deal. All this is deeply convenient for May. She had presented “no deal” as a kind of project fear option to set against her deal, but yet again, project fear flopped, with the Prime Minister failing to gain the support of either parliament or the public.
May never did bargain with the EU—she just caved in—but now she has a pretext for again insisting that “her deal” is the one way to avoid that apocalyptic “no deal,” which would not only involve “crashing out” over the “cliff edge” but also a parliament unable to properly prepare for what comes next.
So, the UK Parliament could be about to sign us into a kind of ghetto status with the EU controlling much of our national activity with its Joint Committee as the ruling body, and the EU having the final say. For this privilege of being sent, like a failing school, into special measures, the taxpayer will voluntarily pay the EU…