Hardly had the details of the Polecat Enabling Act, otherwise known as the Internal Market Bill, been made public than the pushback began in earnest. The Keeper of the Polecat, Michael “Oiky” Gove, was told by European Commission vice-president Maros Šefčovič that the bill had to be withdrawn, or the EU would most likely start a lawsuit over it.
Worse, our free and fearless press has not responded as required. True, the Daily Brexit, still called the Express, has backed the Government, but the Mail has not even mentioned it on its front page, and the Murdoch Times has led on a growing back bench revolt against the bill. And there was worse news from the USA.
Combover Crybaby Donald Trump may be in the White House, but the Democrats control the House of Representatives. Without the consent of the House, no future trade deal can enter into law. And Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, has put the Tories straight on what their law-avoiding bill will do to prospects of a trade deal.
She had travelled previously to Dublin and addressed the Dáil. “I said to them that the Good Friday accords were very high priority for us, Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate. So … if the UK did anything to undermine the Good Friday accords, they should not … even think about having a US-UK bilateral trade agreement”.
Speaker Pelosi is not merely indulging in left-versus-right politics: there are millions of US citizens who can trace their roots back to the island of Ireland. They know their history, and why their ancestors emigrated. They have the power to strongly influence the Presidential Election, and many down-ballot contests, in less than two months’ time.
Moreover, she is one of many politicians in the USA who were variously involved in getting the UK and Irish Governments to the point where the GFA could be signed. If Gove and alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson think they can pull a fast one and still have their Stateside cake ready to eat, they have another think coming.
How’s that taking back control working for you, Tory people? Don’t all shout at once.