Brexit – Admission of Abject Failure
If ever anyone either within or outside of the United Kingdom wanted evidence of the abject failure of the current UK Government they only have to read the statements that Theresa May and her ministers made over the weekend.
With only five days to go before the final date (or final final date assuming that the European Union refuse the Prime Ministers request for yet another extension) the discord and chaos in Westminster continues.
So what do the statements reveal?
Well – this is the stament from a Prime Minister who went to the country in a General Election under the banner of being “Strong and Stable”.
Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted she had to reach out to Labour in a bid to deliver Brexit or risk letting it “slip through our fingers”.
In a statement on Saturday night, Mrs May said there was a “stark choice” of either leaving the European Union with a deal or not leaving at all.
Theresa May insisted shed had –(HAD)– not wished or felt it was in the national interest to – reach out to the opposition but HAD to , but why did she have to reach out?
After over 1000 days of the Conservatives ‘going it alone’ and negotiating what Theresa May called the ‘best deal for the UK’, returning Munichish waving her agreement only to find that it was not acceptable to a majority of the Members of Parliament, not once but twice and a third time if you include her attempt to get it accepted without the inclusion of the political declaration she had to seek the help of the opposition.
In other words the help of the man who she ridiculed, jeered and when accused by her own Cabinet and party members of being a Marxist, terrorist loving sympathising anti-Semetic traitor who is economically illiterate and totally unfit to govern encouraged and cheered them on.
Put aside the fact that the Conservative Government of the day were talking to
Sinn Féin/IRA during the same time they accuse Jeremy Corbyn of talking to them, and
Put aside the fact that the Conservative MP who accused Jeremy Corbyn of spying for an eastern bloc country admitted he’d lied and had to pay a substantial sum in damages to a charity – and yet still enjoys the support of Theresa May,
Put aside the fact that he has continually and consistently denounced anti-Semitism and racism whilst Conservatives such as Boris Johnston and Michael Gove talked up anti-foreigner and racism during the Brexit referendum campaign and subsequently were promoted by Theresa May.
In any other circumstances anyone else who had faced such unfounded and constant abuse would have told Theresa May where to go.
The fact that he hasn’t is a credit to him.
OK a number of her party – notably those who are devoted Brexiteers and have refused to back their own leader in pursuit of their own aims and ambitions, not to say their financial backers- are complaining and criticising her for seeking Labour’s help in reaching a Brexit agreement that would have the backing of a majority in parliament.
How near are they to reaching such an agreement?
It seems not to close and here we see the total dislocation that is currently the condition and is now by many seen as the normal state of affairs in the Government.
Enter Phillip Hammond the Chancellor of the Exchequer who has said he is “optimistic” Brexit discussions between the government and Labour can reach “some form of agreement”.
Mr Hammond said there were “no red lines” in the meetings.
Which is all well and good except he conveniently forgets to mention that the reason the meetings are taking place at all is because of the Governments “red lines” and its refusal to compromise on them.
Or perhaps someone – Theresa May for example – forgot to tell him about the ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ red lines?
Well it seems Phillip Hammond’s optimism is a little misplaced because after three days of talks it appears they have stalled because, (what a surprise) the Labour negotiating team are “waiting to see the Government red lines move” and had not “noticed any great change in the government’s position”.
To be fair to Mrs May she admitted to the chaos created from the lack of support from her own party when she said on Saturday that she was only talking to Labour because she had….
done “everything in her power” to persuade her party – and its backers in Northern Ireland’s DUP – to approve the deal she agreed with the EU last year, she “had to take a new approach”.
“We have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons,” the PM said, insisting the two main parties agreed on the need to protect jobs and end free movement.
“The referendum was not fought along party lines and people I speak to on the doorstep tell me they expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it.”
Getting a majority of MPs to back a Brexit deal was the only way for the UK to leave the EU, Mrs May said.
“The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all.”
Which begs the question that if she really believes that the referendum wasn’t fought on party lines and that there was a need for all politicians to work together why didn’t she reach out and look to create a coalition across parliament instead of waiting until ten days from the deadline.
The obvious answer is that either through fear (of her own party) or arrogance (thinking that she and her supporters and they alone were capable of negotiating an agreement) or with an eye on history (believing that she would be revered as the person who delivered Brexit) Mrs May had absolutely no intention of talking to any of the other political parties represented in parliament.
It is only her and her Governments abject failure that has led us to this point in time.
So has Theresa May handed over control of Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn?
The answer of course is no because just as Theresa May has problems with the Conservative MP’s Jeremy Corbyn has just as many problems with a sizeable portion of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
When I say sizeable it is quite considerable with 80 of his MP’S signing a letter demanding that a referendum should be held on what is agreed and many saying that on the ballot should also be the option to remain in the European Union.
There are clearly as many labour MP’s who want to see Jeremy Corbyn fail as there are Conservative MP’s who want to see Theresa may fail and not only because of Brexit but simply to depose them as the party leader.
The very MP’s who hypocritically ignore the democratic will of the members who elected their leaders and yet say that they support the democracy and democratic will of the people but not to the extent that they want to put it to a vote.
Is there any wonder the electorate are turned off by politics and politicians.
Labour have made it clear that the government appear to have given no indication that they are willing to make any changes to the political declaration that accompanies the withdrawal agreement.
So there we have it,
Theresa May reaching out to Labour providing it is on the basis that Labour agree to support the withdrawal agreement and political declaration that the Conservatives have negotiated which has already been rejected three times in the House of Commons.
In simple terms an admission of the Governments abject failure which means of course in political terms they are now looking for someone to blame.
Perhaps the only logical conclusion is to go to the country and have a General Election…….
Don’t hold your breath.