Charlie Mullins on Theresa May’s new, unchanged deal and why he thinks that it means Brexit is not a done deal.
What you have brought us Mrs May, if it has a name, is some... legally binding bollocks!
In a scene reminiscent of the Blackadder episode when Lord Percy attempts to solve Edmund’s financial woes with some DIY alchemy, trying to turn base material into gold, Theresa May has returned from Strasbourg with a big pile of green poo, which she has declared to be gold.
Lord Percy Percy: I’ve done it, my Lord! I’ve discovered how to turn things into gold! Pure gold!
Blackadder: Now, look, Percy, I don’t mean to be pedantic or anything, but the colour of gold... is gold. That’s why it’s called gold. What YOU have discovered, if it has a name, is some... green.
In this classic BBC comedy, Blackadder, played by Rowan Atkinson, has the decency to point out that what Lord Percy had indeed created was a worthless pile of green crap. Will parliament have the stomach to do the same, and tell the truth, or are we in for another episode of The Emperor’s New Clothes?
In short, the huge breakthrough that Theresa May is claiming she made last night is to agree with the EU to try really hard to replace the Irish backstop by the end of 2020, and if that fails to go to arbitration.
It seems to me that’s another way of saying nothing has changed. We still have a backstop until something better can be dreamed up, whether it be by ‘best efforts’ or by arbitration. And remember when you go before a judge you don’t always get the result you were looking for!! Trust me, I know.
I hope that the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has the legal professionalism to make it very clear, or at least clear enough to MPs, that nothing has actually changed here. I suspect he’s in for a difficult day, on one hand trying to give his PM a puncher’s chance in tonight’s Commons vote, but also to not slap too much lip-stick on the pig.
What else can I tell you? Hopefully MPs won’t fall for it, and tomorrow we’ll officially rule out a No-Deal, and by Friday we’ll have an extension of Article 50.
Next stop? A People’s Vote.
After 32 months, Jacob Rees-Mogg wants another day to “analyse” Brexit.
What more is there to consider Jacob? The deal that was voted down by 230 two months ago, the biggest majority in parliamentary history, is the same as it was when it was last put to the lobbies.
Mrs May has skillfully wasted more time than an Italian football manager sitting on a 1-0 lead, and at the last moment has come up with a supposed rabbit from a hat, but the bunny is a corpse that’s been stinking up the place since mid-January.
And now, the desperate ERG idiots want more time to try to work out what to do. You’d laugh if it wasn’t so bloody serious. There is nothing more to consider than there was yesterday, because despite Mrs May’s claims, there is nothing new on the Irish Backstop. And if you don’t believe me, ask the Irish PM.
In short (because there’s nothing to it) the huge breakthrough Theresa May is claiming she made last night is to agree with the EU to try really hard to replace the Irish backstop by the end of 2020, and if that fails to go to arbitration.
I suspect there will be a few who swap sides tonight, but vote MPs must, so that we can get the PM’s toxic Brexit bodge out of the running once and for all. Then we can move on to properly taking No-Deal out of the game, then sort out a People’s Votes, by means of an extension of Article 50.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox says PM’s Brexit deal still risks backstop forever scenario!
Not a great deal to add to the flaming obvious, except that the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, has agreed that the latest so-called ‘legally binding’ agreement with the EU doesn’t prevent the possibility of the UK becoming stuck in a permanent backstop. Which means nothing has changed since Theresa May’s deal was defeated by 230 votes two months ago.
He has given a small amount of ground in that he has said that in his opinion the change “reduces risk”, whatever exactly that means in terms of magnitude?
It seems to me that the PM is scheduled for another Commons thrashing in a few hours.🔷
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