That was one big lie. It was called out as such, but time and again, the jolly Brexiteers shrugged it off by telling their easily led supporters that it was nothing more serious than “Project Fear”. It was not, and now has come Project Reality: after the Tories’ Commons cannon fodder voted earlier this week to break international law, the consequences that thy were told would ensue have come to pass. The EU has launched a legal action.
As the BBC has reported, “The EU has begun legal proceedings against the UK after it refused to ditch plans to override sections of its Brexit divorce deal. An EU deadline for the government to remove sections of the Internal Market Bill passed on Wednesday … The letter sent to the UK is the first stage in the process the Commission uses against countries it believes have broken EU law. It can end with the Commission taking governments to court at the European Court of Justice”.
And where were all those EU member states that we were told were “moderate”, those that would lean on the rotten Brussels Eurocrats to back down and cut a deal? There weren’t any, and there aren’t any. The UK has expended any goodwill it might have had, the other member states have run out of patience with our pissing them about, we’ve signalled our intention to break the law, and this is the consequence.
While Steve Peers of the University of Essex has outlined the process (thread HERE), David Henig observed “Will not be a surprise to the UK government, the Internal Market Bill is a prima facie breach of Articles 4 and 5 of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the EU really had to take action … Big question as to the exit route from this, especially if UK government doubles down”. Clue: if it does, it’s going to get messy.
Even the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg could not avoid pointing out what this means: “This is important in context of souring relations and trust.... but it is not unexpected or unprecedented”. Relations are already at rock bottom. The Tories’ action means they will stay there for a very long time to come.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg Business has another of those inconvenient reminders: “Ahead of Brexit, financial services firms have already shifted about 7,500 employees and more than $1.6 trillion of assets from the U.K. to the EU”. No-one is riding to our rescue. Thundering front page headlines have had, are not having, and will not have any effect.
For alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings, the scheming Michael “Oiky” Gove and the rest, this is all a game. For the millions about to be screwed over, it is anything but.
Brexit reality just arrived. How’re those free sovereign apples tasting right now?
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