Today the EU gave way to Theresa May at the negotiating table
All she succeeded in doing was persuading the DUP and the EU negotiators to let her kick the can down the road a bit, and talk about a trade agreement before settling the unanswered question. The last thing she’s done is found a solution to the Irish border question.
She must either think the electorate is thick, or she’s genuinely too stupid to realise that a border that is simultaneously closed and open is a contradiction. She can’t have it both ways. If she tries keeping an open border for Northern Ireland and a closed one for the rest of the UK, she might well unleash the break-up of the United Kingdom as other regions – London, Scotland, Wales, for example – seek the same desirable access to the EU market that NI would enjoy.
We don’t all want to go down on the floundering ship, The Little Englander.
And what a fudge it was:
The text promises that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK would “maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement”. It is not even grammatical (“support the protection”?).
Ooooh, the rampant Brexiteers are going to love that! “Say what!? We’re going to ‘leave’ the EU but abide by all its rules, without even having any say in their formulation!!!!? What sort of Brexit is that???”
Boris’s chins must have hit the floor, and Gove’s eyebrows the ceiling.
Well, she may have bought herself sometime with her own fractious party because none of the other Tory fools really want to quaff from her poisoned chalice, and who knows what more she promised to buy off the DUP for now. May ought to be toast in her own party, and the only reason she isn’t is no-one in their right minds wants her job right now, or deal with the mess she’s created.
And maybe the EU may have thought it prudent to give her a little extra rope to hang herself with, just to be sure she does it thoroughly and never bothers them again.
But this clusterfuck is no way to run a country or international negotiations. If she goes for an open border for the whole UK, she loses the Brexiteers who hate Europe. If she goes for an open border for NI but a closed one for the rest of the former “UK”, she loses the DUP. If she goes for a completely closed border, she doesn’t get any European trade deal and the Irish Troubles flare up again. Well done Theresa! Screwed every which way, a zombie and she doesn’t have the wit to realise it.