The civil servant told the PM the Irish “backstop”, absurdly inserted to “avoid” a hard border no one will ever build, is a “bad outcome” for Britain.
Why? Because under international law we cannot leave it without consent which the EU will never grant.
Because it leaves us powerless to resist their rules, even new ones that hurt our economy. And because it keeps us in a customs union preventing us enacting our own trade deals.
Despite the persuasive efforts of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox yesterday, we just don’t believe the EU will seek to avoid the backstop — or let us leave it.
It will do anything to prevent an independent free-trading powerhouse on its doorstep. And once we’ve paid our £39billion “bill” our leverage is gone.
Why did our negotiators not demand a way to exit this trap? Because they didn’t think Brussels would agree. Such has been the feebleness of our efforts since David Cameron first had a go.
Mrs May is now reduced to claiming we CAN do our own trade deals before the backstop kicks in. And yes, we can sign them . . . but they may never come into effect.
The PM should not waste a week trying to sell this bad deal to the public.
She should return to Brussels and tell them it won’t work.
GIVEN how many terror attacks MI6 has helped foil in Europe, you’d think Brussels would want the UK’s security and military might onside.
Instead, out of spite, they are freezing us out of the Galileo satellite project we have invested £1.2billion in.
Theresa May still insists we “will remain committed to Europe’s collective security” after Brexit.
Pity the Brussels pygmies can’t say the same.
IMAGINE the outrage if a Tory MP abused and threatened a Guardian reporter with a savage beating for asking questions.
That politician would be toast.
Yet somehow Corbynista Kate Osamor is still a Labour MP.
She employed her son in Parliament despite his serious drugs conviction, then lied about when she knew of it.
When a Times reporter challenged her she swore at him, threatened to beat him with a bat and threw a bucket of water over him.
She’s even banned from editing Wikipedia for doctoring her own entry.
For now, she’s off Corbyn’s front bench. But make no mistake . . .
If he wins power, this unpleasant woman will be handed a Government department.
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