MPs know that crashing out of Europe would be a disaster. They simply will not allow it to happenby Jonathan Lis / December 23, 2018 / Leave a comment
In light of last week’s key political row, it is important to clarify something important about the prime minister. She is not a “stupid woman.” She is, in fact, asking us to believe that she is a politically homicidal one.
We are less than 100 days from Brexit and the time to mince words has passed. Theresa May has publicly and loudly increased preparations for the scenario of no deal with the EU. But it is impossible to prepare. We can “take back control” of Britain but not of France. Full customs and regulation checks will take place on outbound traffic across the Channel, and that means incoming traffic will grind to a halt. Food and medicine will not arrive. People will die.
This is not just idle speculation, but confirmed in countless government briefings and industry warnings. The health secretary boasts that he is buying fridges to stockpile perishable medication. The defence secretary talks of thousands of troops in the streets. New government plans revealed to the Times suggest we will have to vary our diets. Nothing says taking back control like the government itemising all the food we can’t eat.
The price for this navel-gazing orgy of self-harm amounts to £2bn. This is admittedly a drop in the ocean compared to our £39bn divorce bill, but still represents an impressive destination for a project that was supposed to save us money. That £2bn really could have been spent on the NHS at the time the NHS most needs it. Perhaps next time the campaign bus will promise something else.
Last week, the car industry released an unprecedented statement asking the government and parliament to take no-deal off the table. The prime minister will not. British employers are openly begging her not to sacrifice them, and she refuses. It doesn’t matter that she is bluffing. Companies have to believe what the government tells them, and many are already preparing to leave. Once they have gone, they will not return. Quite an achievement for the self-proclaimed party of business.
Then there is the human cost. People with chronic illnesses have written to me outlining their crippling anxiety. One leaked government document suggested that suicide rates could dramatically increase after a no-deal. Hard Brexiteers accuse Remainers of stoking up this worry. The reverse is true: I…