Tuesday, 5 December 2017
The nauseating sound of someone chortling.
That was how Donald Tusk behaved yesterday in a public display of bravado; it was tantamount to spitting in our faces. He is the President of the European Council and he was chortling at the attempts of the Eire’s Brexit negotiating team to separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK; they came within a hair’s breadth of succeeding. From what is being fed to the public in the way of updates to the negotiations, May has conceded to practically all of the EU’s substantive demands, which suggests that she has naively conceded rather than skillfully negotiated.
The fact that she so publicly and humiliatingly failed is a testament to the true backbone of the minority DUP party supporting the Conservative party. The ongoing worry is: what else is she doing that is akin to selling us short? Did David Davies know of her intentions, amongst which was the claim that the DUP knew in advance that she had agreed to, “continued regulatory alignment” between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.”?
Today, in a parliamentary debate, what became obvious was the concerted attempt by those who wish, against the vote of their own constituents in many cases, to stay in the EU and thereby deprive the UK of its own self-government. Also, if the highly successful CEO of the J D Wetherspoon PLC is to be believed, then many of his business rivals are not credible in their strident insistence that the UK must remain in the EU for their sakes.
No, there is a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that May is a muppet when it comes to negotiating with her EU representatives, as evidenced by that Disney character at one of its multiple helms, Donald Duck (oops, I meant Tusk).
The UK does not to have to meet more than its acknowledged ongoing commitments to the EU after its exit in 2019, but where is the list of those debts for us all to judge? How can we assess competence in the face of unnecessary secrecy?