Worse, the real culprit continues to get a free pass from his fellow journalists: alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, by all accounts, messed up his one-on-one meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last Wednesday, insulting chief negotiator Michel Barnier and failing to bring any new proposals for breaking the talks deadlock. But in Brexit la-la land, it is still the Rotten Foreigners™ at fault.
So it is that the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph has told readers “Boris Johnson’s attempts to negotiate directly with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have been rebuffed three times in a week, prompting him to warn a no-deal outcome to Brexit talks is now ‘very, very likely’ … After the approach from Mr Johnson, the two leaders told him that Ms von der Leyen was his sole point of contact”. The EU negotiates as a bloc.
And the EU27 has demonstrated a solidarity previously unimaginable in the face of Bozo’s blandishments. Which may have contributed to the barrel-scraping antics of the Mail and Express titles this morning, one thundering “WE’LL SEND IN GUNBOATS” and the other blustering “GUNSHIPS TO GUARD OUR FISH”. They have truly lost the plot.
Because the EU has already moved on. The train has left the station and we are not aboard. Consider this one comment from Alex Andreou on this week’s meeting of EU leaders: “The summit went all day and all night. All was agreed: budget, environmental goals, Covid19 response. Brexit was discussed for ten minutes. All agreed the mandate is unchanged”. Bozo has been offered a deal. It’s on him to sign it, or not (thread HERE).
Andreou added “The current offer to the UK is a deal in which IF we align, we get full access. IF, in future, we diverge they limit access or put up (some) tariffs. The UK choosing to go to NO access and FULL tariffs NOW, is incomprehensible”. That is the reality behind all the gung-ho headlines. The EU leaders are finished with Bozo’s games and tantrums.
The UK is being sold an image of Bozo as some great Churchillian figure, a statesman able to untangle the Gordian knot of stalled negotiations and salvage a wonderful trade deal for his country. The reality is that, as Andreou puts it, he is perceived as either clueless, or a bad faith actor. So the other EU leaders want nothing to do with him.
(c) Martin Rowson 2016
But he has achieved one thing: uniting the EU27 against the UK. Moreover, the EU27 has plans in place for a No Deal Brexit. What appears increasingly likely is that the UK does not. Worse, we should not expect the EU to bail us out when the shit show hits. That is what the Media Establishment is unable, or unwilling, to tell us.
Bozo was so busy haggling over the cost of a ticket that he missed the train. For some reason, he remains a popular figure in the UK. Until the voters realise they’ve been had.
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