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Readers’ comments: The search for someone else to blame


In response to The Conservative Woman: The Toppling of Theresa: Day 40,

Peter Gardner wrote:

Mrs May and the EU are quite clear. She will and must say whatever it takes, regardless of the truth. Her attempted Grand Coalition of Remainer MPs may yet pass her deal or her deal with some additions. Her difficulty is finding additions to her deal that would enable her to deflect blame for her betrayal on to others. Clearly she cannot just decide to revoke UK’s notice under Article 50 to leave the EU as it would be too obvious a betrayal, even though it is what she and the EU want as their Plan B.

The great attraction of Plan A, her Withdrawal (Vassalage-Accession) Deal is that it gets UK out of the way, unable to exert any influence while the EU formulates its new treaties intended to replace the Lisbon Treaties by 2025, and also holds UK under EU regulation so it is pre-qualified to accede to the new treaties. There is no other way out of the backstop. It is really quite brilliant.

That is why the EU is being so patient, granting two extensions of UK’s membership while May prats about. From the EU’s perspective it is much better than UK’s continuing membership. However, if it doesn’t get passed by Parliament, May and the EU will have to settle for second best – present to Parliament the last two options: leave on WTO terms or revoke the Article 50 notice. No prizes for guessing the outcome.

Don Benson wrote:

MPs have been commenting on the eerie ‘Mary Celeste’ atmosphere around a sparsely populated Palace of Westminster. Nothing’s happening and, it seems, no one’s in charge. Yet the country continues full pelt, producing, distributing, consuming. Business is transacted, factories make stuff, plans are constantly drawn up. Lambs frolic in the fields, and plants continue to gobble up carbon dioxide from an atmosphere which supplies it a bit too thinly for their liking.

The truth is, the country works because people work, nature continues because it’s designed that way. So when can our tiny-minded politicians get it into their thick heads that Britain will not collapse if it is released from EU captivity? At worst it will have a relatively short adjustment period to a bit of new paperwork and a somewhat different balance of financial costs and benefits (which are minimal in comparison to the size of our economy). And then, with full sovereignty, fully restored, it’s up to us to work and trade according to our own imagination, energy and skill . . .

Yet deep in her bunker a worn-out woman whose ‘leadership’ has no concept, no understanding, no vision about any of the above-mentioned facts, apparently thinks it’s time for another vote on the EU capitulation treaty or a series of ‘indicative votes’ in that apology for a parliament.

How very, very sad.

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