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Saturday 29 April 2017

Brexit - Press Discovers Reality

The anti-EU press have given it to us non-stop since the referendum: they need us more than we need them, we can still be friends and have free trade (pace Daniel Hannan), there won’t really be any tariffs, we can pick off the member states one by one and do deals with them, they’ll miss us when we’re gone, they can’t do without all that money we send them, and JUST REMEMBER WHO WON THE WAR.
Going hand in hand with the soothing words to Britons have been the attacks on all those ghastly foreigners: abuse has been rained down on Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Martin Schultz, Guy Verhofstadt, Angela Merkel, Fran├žois Hollande, Mark Rutte, and anyone who might be Spanish. It has been unremitting: how dare they tell us what to do? Who do they think they are? And now the press is realising it hasn’t worked.

Not only are more people than ever having second thoughts about Brexit, the EU is showing no signs of yielding to either blandishments or abuse. So it was that leaders of the other 27 EU member states met in Brussels today and showed our Press Establishment just how divided they were. Unfortunately for the press, they were not divided at all: it took them around one minute to unanimously agree the EU’s Brexit negotiating guidelines.
One minute. No dissent. No revolt. No abstention. No splits. No arguments. Nothing.

And there was even worse news, as Sky News’ political editor Faisal Islam told, the “divorce bill” and rights of EU citizens living in the UK have to come before trade talks. There will be no parallel talks, whatever Theresa May and her press backers say. There will be no separate trade deals with individual member states, as the BBC found when they visited Lisbon last week. No picking off smaller countries.
This realisation that the EU27 is in the driving seat, and will dictate how negotiations proceed, is at last starting to get through to our free and fearless press: the Murdoch Sun has admittedEU leaders double down and insist they will NOT let us start trade talks until we have coughed up a divorce bill”. That is what has been agreed today.
There is still a lingering reluctance to accept reality at the Mail, which has told readersEU draws a line in the sand: European leaders unanimously agree to defy Britain over trade talks until rights for citizens, divorce bill and the Irish border are settled”. In the strange world of the Northcliffe House bunker, the EU27, whose club it now is, are “defying” Britain, which is walking out. And the Mail had more bad news for its readers.
And we'd still be in this, cos it's not part of the EU

The rules were unchanged from the earlier draft - meaning Spain keeps its controversial veto on whether the deal applies to Gibraltar. It also confirms Britain cannot sign any trade deal with the EU until after it has actually left the bloc”. Moreover, as Faisal Islam has noted, Britain could still be negotiating with the EU27 after the Article 50 period has elapsed, still having to adhere to EU law and pay membership fees.

But by that time, we would have no seat at the table, and therefore no say in how the rules are made. That is what Brexit will really entail. And now the press is starting to realise that it might be difficult to keep telling their readers otherwise. Well, tough titty say I. Papers like the Mail and Sun ensured it got broken - now they can own the consequences.


Anonymous said...

The problem of course is that they - just like the Breakiteer Quitlings - will not "own up". IT will all be the fault of those nasty furreners who should remember that we won the war and be eternally grateful to us. (Never mind that they're currently backing a neo-fascist to win the French election!) The mammoth task that the 48% now how is to educate those of the 52% who are actually willing to listen that the reality is that we would be much better abandoning Art. 50 and holding another referendum to establish the real "will of the people" now that the lies about £350m to the NHS etc. and the realisties of our trading position post Brexit have been exposed.

pete c said...

And, by and large, and as far as we can tell, all those ghastly foreigners you quote as on the receiving end of the abuse and insults do still (in public at least) behave with civility, objectivity and responsibility. Just what you would expect, of course.

All concepts that our supposedly "one-nation, only want the best" rulers have some degree of difficulty getting their heads round.

I know Crosby is writing the script, but, jeez, isn't Mother Theresa coming across as a truly appalling entity.

pete c said...

The 2nd referendum should be a pre-condition of any further moves.

It should be on a compulsory vote basis (as should all elections).

Something like a two-thirds majority or it is null and void.

And the Sun/Mail/Express are barred from any comments on theatre.

OK. We'll not get the fourth one, but 1-3 should be manageable.