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Hit me, Mr Macron, hit me again . . .


THE farcical Conservative leadership contest chugs on and reveals the deep void of political talent in that party, hardly surprising since now it is just a group of managers looking for promotion, not people charged with a vision for the good of our nation state and its people. The Sunday Mirror front page captured it: ‘Tory leadership contest has gone to pot’. The EU sits in its machine-gun nest and fires whenever any suggestion is made that the UK will negotiate a better deal than the self-harming Withdrawal Treaty. Again and again the EU says no change to that toxic document is possible. That two-year delay in a political and economic torture chamber without a deal is all the EU will contemplate. We hear no outrage from our Conservative MPs, rather the reverse.

Boris Johnson had kept quiet till the weekend when he announced that the UK would not pay £39billion unless it was given a fair trade deal by the EU on October 31. At last, reason and moral nerve had returned to one of our leadership hopefuls. Amber Rudd’s attack on Johnson in yesterday’s Times rubbished him as ignoring the realities of the EU, but her own Remainer PM spawned the WA and catastrophic failure precisely because she and her payroll Cabinet refused to face the fact that to appease a bully is to lose and lose again. Johnson’s commonsense statement worked instantly: Macron immediately claimed that not paying the £39billion would be a sovereign default and would downgrade the UK economy. That is patently not true: the £39billion is part of the rejected WA, and the UK owes nothing to the EU, according to the House of Lords paper of March 2017. Macron should have been rebutted instantly by UK politicians, but no. They seem to have been groomed into accepting coercive control; the UK has been tamed. Why this silence? To appease the Ruddite opponents of any real Brexit as well kowtowing to Macron, Barnier and Juncker – but May has had to resign as a result of the catastrophic failure of the WA and we need the UK to follow up Johnson’s lone and wholly reasonable grenade. We certainly need the reaffirmation that the £39billion is tied to the WA and that the WA is now dead.

The EU really does need this £39billion. The German economy is faltering and Italy is about to put the eurozone to an extreme test. EU car manufacturers are terrified of the Trump tariffs on imported cars. Germany and France need our market as it is, with a £90billion trade surplus. The French want our fisheries open to them at no cost – they have had these rent-free since 1973, an enormous economic loss to the UK. Macron’s bullying bluster is born of desperation and fear of the UK walking away. Now is the perfect time for the UK to negotiate normally, not as supplicant children. In fact it would be a dereliction of duty if the UK’s next PM failed to get a good deal in the light of this context.

And please note that Macron has just welcomed Canada’s President Trudeau to celebrate the EU-Canada free trade deal which is just what the UK was negotiating till May and Robbins killed it off. The EU wants a savage ending to the UK’s attempt to escape its clutches, not a fair deal at all; in fact not-a-deal is what is on offer at present, a document of bad faith. If Johnson really does wish to end this WA and will face down this mafia demand for £39billion, then we stand a chance of a deal. That is common sense. The EU cannot afford the UK to walk away, to lose its £90billion trade surplus.

While discussing the illegality of Macron’s bluster, Michael Gove’s plan to scrap VAT ‘post Brexit’, by which he means under the WA and Political Declaration, not by walking away, is clearly illegal under the WA and would be stopped by the EU. The WA locks us in to EU fiscal structures, and scrapping VAT breaks the WA and the PD since it disaligns the UK from the EU. Does Mr Gove actually know the contents of the WA that he so loves to uphold and vote for? The WA ushers in a minimum two years of being controlled by the EU Joint Committee. Why do our political classes, just as we have celebrated the courage of the D-Day landings, even contemplate handing over governance to a foreign and semi-hostile agency?

Coercive control is a fashionable new legal concept, and our wet Tories are internalising it in their deference to the EU. Some women, says Dame Eileen Atkins, one of our top actresses, want to be subjugated by a man. She was talking in particular about Petruchio, the male dominator in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – and her description equally Applies to our docile, EU groomed, Tory leadership hopefuls.

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Timothy Bradshaw
Timothy Bradshaw
Timothy Bradshaw is a Theological lecturer and Anglican clergyman

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