In response to Kathy Gyngell: Appeaser May has left Brexit Britain weaker than ever; springmellon wrote:
Mrs May’s concessions to the EU:
1. Agreeing to the EU’s framework for negotiations which put agreeing a financial settlement before trade discussions.
2. Agreeing a £40billion payment that is arguably legally not owed.
3. Guaranteeing the rights of the 3.7million EU citizens living in the UK. Apparently such guarantees will extend to EU citizens arriving until the end of the ‘transition’ period in 2021.
4. Agreeing to not compete with the EU on corporation tax rates, or otherwise turn Britain in to a European ‘Singapore’.
5. A commitment to defence and intelligence co-operation.
6. A commitment to mirror EU standards and regulations so as not to ‘unfairly’ compete with the EU.
7. Agreeing to the jurisdiction of the ECJ and the supremacy of EU law in a number of areas.
And after the latest speech we can discern a few more things.
Mrs May is negotiating with the EU as to what our immigration policy will be in relation to its citizens after leaving.
Mrs May seems to accept that she will not get financial passporting rights or other privileged rights of access to the internal market.
So after her giveaway with nothing given in return, Mrs May is now effectively just negotiating a deal in relation to goods, and it is reported the EU will offer a Canada-type deal.
Stripped down to the basic facts, all these massive concessions, which will cost Britain hundreds of billions of pounds in the long term, are just buying a basic free trade deal on goods that will only be marginally better than trading on WTO terms, which will cost us nothing. This is utterly imbecilic.
Of course more concessions will be demanded by the EU; fishing rights being the most obvious. Member states will also have their specific demands for agreeing a deal.
We are told the EU has shown a remarkable united front. The truth is that Mrs May has never done anything to test the unity; she has caved in to every demand. The EU has never been more weak and fractured; it is barely holding together.
If Britain took the money off the table, and member states in desperate financial circumstances were threatened with losing access to such a lucrative market, the member states would be attacking each other like rats in a barrel.
We will be the EU’s biggest external market on leaving and the EU enjoys a massive trade surplus with the UK. If Britain were not in the EU, a trade deal with the UK would be desperately sought and a massive coup.
If we were negotiating a trade deal with the EU as an independent country, the idea that we would concede to any one of the concessions above would be absurd. These are not conditions placed on a trade partner, but on a defeated enemy on surrender.
Mrs May’s negotiation has been farcical, ridiculous, illogical, cowardly and outright dumb – and I doubt she has finished yet. This can’t be allowed to continue; she has to be removed.