Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 24, 2018

Half Baked May And Hammond Pudding

MP hard remoaner Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested that Theresa May’s Brexit deal is a way of bridging the “gap” between Leave and Remain voters because any deal which looked like one half of the country “winning” would be “disastrous”. He’s a thick as a brick. When a general election is held, there is no bridge between winner and loser, the winner forms a government, the loser opposes. It’s called democracy.

Hammond now claims “The deal was better than remaining in the EU because it honoured the referendum result and offered “the best compromise possible, satisfying both sides” of the Brexit argument”. So had Remain won, what would Hammond be offering the Leavers today as their reward, their compromise, for losing?

Once again, wise words from Austin Mitchell . “It’s tempting for an ex-MP like me to claim that things wouldn’t be in such a mess if I was still there. Sadly it’s also daft. Though I might have been in the Shadow Cabinet for at least a week, for backbenchers impotence is a way of life. So like those other pundits, our new ruling elite of little Sir (and Lady) echoes who see Brexit as a peasants’ revolt against their superior wisdom, I have the right to treat prejudice as eternal truth. So here’s mine.

“It’s pretty daft to change horses in midstream by getting rid of Theresa. Yet it is sensible to reject the half-baked deal she’s cooked up on the advice of her posse of Sir Humphreys. That would send us naked into the conference chamber to become a permanent Brer Rabbit to the EU tar baby.

“Rejection means there’s no soft option of a People’s vote against the People’s decision because there’s no treaty to vote on. It sends Britain back into negotiation with or without Theresa, puts some lead in our pencil, allows us to withhold the £39 billion Euro-geld as a negotiating counter and forces the EU to extend the two year deadline.

“If they treat us as if they’ve got us over a self-built barrel and refuse to extend, then we face an exit with no deal. That’s why the rampant Remainers’ have embarked on a massive campaign of fear about the horrors of departure.

“For them it’s “jumping off a cliff”, suicide, an end to pills and prescriptions, an open door for terrorism and bubonic plague, economic Armageddon, death for the car industry, disaster for those ailing regions which were stupid enough to vote for Brexit, and for all the babies who can’t get EU nannies. It’s an unimaginable horror. Worse than George Osborne!” That bad?

“It’s all designed to produce national panic. It’s also nonsense. It’s inconceivable that an EU which loves us so much, will suddenly seek to destroy us. It’s silly to assume that our capitalism is so feeble it has no regenerative energy, or that other EU ports won’t welcome British business if the French block Calais.

“Most of all it’s insane to argue that we can’t trade on WTO terms. The rest of the world does. We do so in markets outside the EU where we still trade with a surplus, unlike our horrendous deficit with the EU. Those markets are growing while the EU stagnates. We’d have cheaper food instead having to protect France’s expensive agriculture. Even the car industry, which would face 10% duties, can overcome them. The pound will fall in value (as it must anyway with our deficit) boosting exports, taxing imports.

“What’s to fear from all that? There would be transient problems of adjustment but capitalism has strong regenerative power, particularly if it’s helped to develop domestic supply chains by state aid, an industrial policy and the boost of Keynesian spending, instead of being held back by austerity.Most appealing for a Yorkshire man, WTO tariffs on EU goods would produce over £10 billion for the Exchequer and avoid the folly of handing over £39 billion for nowt”.

We read that “European fishermen must be given access to UK fishing waters“ well before the extension is triggered, according to the draft statement to be agreed by EU leaders at their summit on Sunday. If there is one issue that should be brought back and ended, it is that of the disgraceful surrender by Heath of our island fishing rights. The EU warns Britain that a fisheries deal is “a matter of priority”. It is, for the UK.

Alas, it is Remoaner May , waving her white flag instead of the UK Flag, who, to paraphrase Neville Chamberlain , will declare “This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Frau Merkel, and here is the paper  which bears her name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you.

“We, the German Fuhrer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-EU relations is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe.

“We regard the agreement to be signed as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds”.

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