Once again, the news cycle in the UK is dominated by Brexit, and more specifically the trade deal negotiations. These apparently reached an impasse last week, but after a phone conversation between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, they were resurrected, resuming later today. The two leaders will discuss progress later tomorrow.
So it was that we were erroneously informed last week that the EU side had brought “additional elements” to the talks. Some hacks decided that the Dastardly French were involved; Emmanuel Macron was singled out for especially adverse comment. Others merely blamed “Brussels”. I have to tell them that they are talking utter bullshit.
This can be demonstrated by considering who wanted Brexit, who made the series of outlandish and untrue claims about its supposed benefits, and who then made the decisions which have brought the UK to Where We Are Right Now.
Who made the claim that tens of millions of Turks were about to move to the UK, and that our borders would soon be with Syria and Iraq, if we remained in the EU? Who made the claims about mis-shaped bananas, vacuum cleaners, toasters, deporting criminals, foreigners and rising crime levels, “others” taking “our” jobs and being gifted council houses? That didn’t come from anyone representing the EU, either.
None of those were the doing of anyone but our own political and media class, and more specifically those now in Government, along with all those lobbyists, hangers-on and sundry cheerleaders supporting them. They, and they alone, are The New Guilty Men And Women. It is not someone foreign’s fault. It is their fault, and theirs alone.
Now they can own the consequences. I’ll just leave that one there.