I thought trying to blame the EU for the failure of the talks was going to be a stretch before this internal market bill saga, but now it's become ridiculous.
Anyone with two brain cells can see that BoJo signed, and made his MPs sign, and forced the Lords to sign, a treaty, telling it was the best thing since sliced bread, campaigned on it, won an election on it, and now, a few months later, is saying it's horse manure. No way to blame the EU for that !
Indeed. I'm wondering about the logic behind the latest move to break International Law and to be honest I'm split as to whether it was part of some strategy or not.
On one hand everyone in Downing Street is so incredibly clueless that it's hard for me to imagine them having planned anything in detail back in December last year and having followed through with it - much more likely that they'd have just aimed to get the Withdrawal Act passed and deal with figuring out the details later....
On the other hand, Boris did consistently say that there would be no border checks between NI and UK - something that everybody all along knew was completely contrary to the Withdrawal Agreement, even though Brexiteers and BoJo kept pretending it wasn't. And forcing the EU to build customs posts at the NI border as a result of violating the Withdrawal Agreement is something straight up Cummings' street.
There will, however, be smugglers wanting to take advantage. I think that can be controlled.
The weirdness just never ends. According to the Financial Times titled: Japan trade deal commits UK to stricter state aid curbs than in EU talks
“In the bilateral UK-Japan agreement announced in principle on Friday, London and Tokyo have agreed to replicate the restrictions on subsidies in the EU-Japan deal that went into effect last year. That agreement prohibits the governments from indefinitely guaranteeing the debts of struggling companies or providing an open-ended bailout without a clear restructuring plan in place.
By contrast, the UK has repeatedly told the EU that it must have total freedom over state aid after the end of the Brexit transition period with complete autonomy over future subsidy decisions, subject to WTO rules.”https://www.ft.com/content/edb7d155-56b ... b2247fa178
Well clearly that doesn't matter so long as the UK only breaks the Free Trade Agreement in "a very specific and limited way".
So what that means in effect is that all the disagreements about state aid between the UK and EU is just pure grandstanding so that Boris, Cummings, JRM and Gove can drive the country off the no-deal cliff?
On a separate note, what a blinder Ireland has played. A population of 5 million, and no military or international presence to speak off, but they’ve somehow ended up with absurdly oversized influence over the fate of both the EU-UK and UK-US trade relationships.
It's a point of contention for the English Nationalists haha. For the first time in history (?) Ireland has power over the UK, not the other way around. Remember all the headlines last year in Brexiteer newspapers (82% of the UK press, by circulation) saying that the EU was going to put Varadkar in his place?
Brexit is all about the blame game. 40 years of it. 40 years of misdirection trying to cover their own incompetence and love of red tape. The days of being able to blame to EU for all their ills are just about over and it's nobody's fault but their own. Unfortunately the majority of the UK population that didn't choose this path will have to suffer the consequences, of which there will be many.
Personally, I think that no deal will offer the UK a great opportunity for self-reflection. Without the dastardly EU to blame for everything, surely their politicians will be forced to take some responsibility for the consequences of their actions? Of course I'm not actually expecting them to take it.
Really? Most people I know are quite critical about the EU, but think overall it is a good idea.
Likewise although all of them seem to have become much less critical of the EU overall as its benefits became clear during Brexit negotiations. I can only think of one person I know who thinks worse of the EU now and she is a Swiss lady who thinks that all of the EU is some big cabal to surround Switzerland and spite it or something.
Can’t sour on the triumph if I personally never wanted that abomination of an WA in the beginning can I, should have ended up in the rubbish bin where it belonged when parliament failed it 3 times.
And yet I'm confident that if anyone here could be bothered, we could go into your posts from one year or so ago and find half a dozen of them saluting its genius. But of course that was in the good old days when Boris was supporting the WA.