PM about to unleash sheer insanity?

The Prime Minister is about to make a major intervention on Brexit, unilaterally, and thus the great probability is it will be outright insane.

Instead of leaving open options such as remaining in the EEA or EFTA, she is likely to do the precise opposite, pinning the UK to a position of absolute isolation.

Even many Leave groups oppose such craziness. Firstly, it is unwise for the UK to isolate itself completely – cutting itself off entirely from Europe and thus, in the end, managing trade based on deals secured purely in political desperation. Secondly, it is ludicrous to limit your negotiating position to such a degree.

Absolutely on the contrary, the UK should in fact announce it will be seeking an association agreement with EFTA. That would leave all options – from full EEA to Canadian free trade – on the table to be negotiated.

The only hope in the UK Government’s craziness is that it will turn the populace off Brexit altogether as the cost of living soars and people simply lose any faith in the Government’s capacity to deliver it.

What a mess.

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6 thoughts on “PM about to unleash sheer insanity?

  1. korhomme says:

    The PM seems t have decided that migration from the EU trumps access to trade; to have ‘control’ of such migration means leaving the Single Market and its four freedoms.

    Meanwhile, the Foreign Secretary has written an article for the Daily Telegraph which has been much criticised. Some have said that if the PM were in a stronger position, she would have sacked him because of the article. Perhaps this is what the FS wanted; having realised just what a horlicks leaving the EU is turning out to be, he seeks to remove himself from negotiations, and present himself later as the champion of disaffected hard Leavers when the impossible hasn’t been achieved. To foil this, the PM has to keep him in office.

    • James says:

      I voted remain but not sure we can say leaving is turning out to be a Horlicks. It may even work out better than staying in. There is a lot of hot air and one has to take care to look at the underlying questions.

  2. Perhaps this is what the FS wanted; having realised just what a horlicks leaving the EU is turning out to be, he seeks to remove himself from negotiations, and present himself later as the champion of disaffected hard Leavers when the impossible hasn’t been achieved. To foil this, the PM has to keep him in office.

    https://nyc.epeak.in/2017/09/18/boris-johnson-believes-brexit-negotiations-will-fail-and-end-up-with-theresa-may-being-humiliated/

    Sacking is too good for him… Make him Northern Irish Secretary, that’s how Labour kept Mandelson under control.

    • I think that’s spot on. There is truth in the maxim that you should keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

      That said, it’s a Hell of a time for the UK effectively to be without a Foreign Secretary.

  3. James says:

    I don’t know what the PM is going to say but I would have thought a sensible approach would be to get the nearest thing to the Single Market as possible, subject to retaining immigration control, while leaving the Customs Union in order to do trade deals. The border in NI to be dealt with by some kind of tariff-free agreement on goods most prone to being smuggled.

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