Theresa May’s spineless capitulation to the European Research Group moves us closer to the no-deal exit of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sepia-tinted dreams.
This is not necessarily a bad thing.
The toxic shock of austerity led us into Brexit and arguably only the toxic shock of becoming a third-rate dumping-ground country will lead us out of it. Brexit is a delusion of which large parts of the country, of the media and of the Tory party need to be cured.
This will only happen when it becomes clear that the Brexit project has failed. A soft Brexit along the lines initially proposed by Mrs May would only have led to 20 years of moaning from Farage and Rees-Mogg that we’d ‘done it wrong’.
Fail it will. This is a great country with innovative businesses but it is not big enough to stand alone without being exploited by trade partners old and new.
I was very interested in Roger Hinds’ letter (TNE #103) about the open and transparent way the Danish parliament scrutinises and manages its government’s negotiating position at EU summits. Hence, Danish MPs and citizens are so much more informed than ours.
The Danish system is so good it was the model enthusiastically argued for in a paper from the Politeia think tank published in 2007 with the title: Restoring Parliamentary Authority. The paper calls our own system of scrutiny ‘feeble’.
The co-authors were Nick Timothy and someone called Theresa May. I assume this is not the present occupant of No 10 who has fought tooth and nail against a role for parliament at every stage, in some cases right up to the Supreme Court. No one could possibly be such a hypocrite – or could they?
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