Alister Rutherford offers an excellent analysis as he dismisses demands for a UK general election following the coronation of Theresa May. I would pick up only one point, and that is the reference to the difficulties facing the UK Government government as they strive to “get their preferred position through parliament” in terms of Brexit. It’s actually rather worse than that. Because we know what their “preferred position” is, and we know that it’s not going to be on offer from the EU.
The UK Government’s “preferred position” may be concisely stated as being a negotiated settlement which affords the UK all the advantages of EU membership with few of the costs and none of the obligations that are considered an onerous burden or a hindrance to the Tories’ economically destructive and socially corrosive agenda. The want, demand and expect to be favoured with both the cake and the satisfaction of a cake well eaten.
Promises were made to the people of the UK. In some parts of the UK – the only parts that matter as far as the British political establishment is concerned – people voted to leave the EU on the basis of those promises. There was never any way that what was promised could or would be delivered.
(Thus far, much of this talk of empty promises will sound bitterly familiar to people in Scotland as they recall the despicable behaviour of the British establishment and its “Project Fear” propaganda campaign.)
May has been left with no more than a few low-value cards to play in negotiations with the EU on Brexit. Basically, she will have to take whatever they are inclined to offer. And the mood in Europe towards the UK is very far from generous.
May’s task is to sell the outcome of these negotiations to a parliament, including her own party, which either doesn’t want Brexit at all or, even where it does, will adamantly refuse to accept it on what will surely be regarded as the humiliating terms that May puts before them.
In politics, there is a term for the situation in which Theresa May finds herself. She’s f***ed!Views: 2617
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