• Brexit: Fantasy politics.

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    The British Gazette feels rather sorry for poor old Michel Barnier, European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union. Negotiating complex international agreements is always a tough task but generally one’s negotiating parties are in the same ball park – as our American friends would say. For the Unfortunate Barnier however the other parties are not just not in the same ball park, they seem to be living on a completely different planet!

    This organ has paid critical attention to the activities of UKIP with Barrack Room Batten and the Terrible Tories led (for the time being) by Madame Mayhem and incompetently assisted by such nincompoops as Boris the Buffoon and Dimwit Davis.

    Dealing with this triage of imbécility would be trying enough but the Unfortunate Barnier has had in recent days had the additional burden of dealing with dear old Comrade Corbyn.

    Herewith below, helpfully copied from Labour’s website is Labour’s fantasy policy regarding Brexit:

    “We will scrap the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union – which are essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain. Labour will always put jobs and the economy first.”

    It gets worse:

    “Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe, and help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland. Such an arrangement would need to ensure the UK would have an appropriate say on any new trade deal terms.”
    Source: https://labour.org.uk/issues/labours-plan-brexit/
    Words begin to fail us!

    Poor Michel Barnier! How many times do British politicians have to be told about cakes and the eating of them before the penny – or in this case Euro – drops!

    Message to those Labour Party members with at least two functioning brain cells:

    IF you wish to enjoy the advantages of the Single Market you must be IN the Single Market!

    As for the customs union fantasy – this really is voyaging into the outer reaches of inter-galactic space!

    We will, for the cerebrally challenged members of Labour’s front bench (that appears to be all of them!) explain the idea behind the EU’s customs union and why a big powerful country such as Germany is a member of it and why a small, not powerful country like Malta is as well.

    The idea should not be difficult for such as Comrade Corbyn to understand. It is in fact enshrined in a phrase Comrade Corbyn is familiar with. This being “collective bargaining”. It is the whole rationale behind the idea of a trade union. Numbers of workers combine in order to present a powerful negotiating position to an employer. As it is with workers, so it is with the nations of Europe. They seek to combine their negotiating power to present a challenge to such as the USA.

    What Comrade Corbyn appears to want is an arrangement whereby the UK joins the EU’s Customs Union and shares the decision making on any new trade deals! The idea that ANY of the EU 27 will accept this is preposterous!

    IF this is what Comrade Corbyn wants Madame Mayhem to take to Brussels and present to the Unfortunate Barnier – well, words fail us!

    What this shows the British People is that neither the Terrible Tories or Lamentable Labour are capable to providing competent government to this formerly sovereign kingdom!

    Three dreadful prospects await the country:

    #1: Somehow the withdrawal agreement is enacted and the UK proceeds to the more difficult Stage 2 which means years of turmoil. You see, in the hands of a competent government, trade deals take a long time and are difficult to put together. In the hands of a incompetent government, trade deals will take forever!

    #2: The withdrawal agreement is not enacted and the UK proceeds to a no deal Brexit.

    #3: Article 50 is revoked and the UK remains in the EU.

    This is a NO WIN SITUATION!

    • Does name-calling and abuse of seemingly everybody (except Dr North whoever he is!) get us anywhere?

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