Look at Boris Johnson’s ill-advised display of bravado against the EU, in response to a question from fellow Tory Philip Hollobone.
“Since we joined the common market on 1 January 1973 until the day we leave, we will have given the EU and its predecessors, in today’s money, in real terms, a total of £209bn. Will you make it clear to the EU that if they want a penny piece more then they can go whistle?” Mr Hollobone said.
Mr Johnson replied: “He makes a very valid point and I think that the sums that I have seen that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate and I think ‘to go whistle’ is an entirely appropriate expression.”
And what happened? Michel Barnier whistled, and Boris Johnson came running – because he’s a poodle, not a hound.
It is important to understand that Mr Johnson has distorted the meaning of the money being paid to the EU.
That money is not a divorce bill; it is an agreed financial contribution. Stopping such payment would be reneging on a commitment, and that would seriously harm the UK’s reputation internationally.
So Brexit minister Joyce Anelay – in a written statement because Tories are too cowardly to face up to the consequences of their actions – has admitted that the UK will continue honouring its financial obligations, even after leaving the EU.
‘On the financial settlement, as set out in the prime minister’s letter to President Tusk, the government has been clear that we will work with the EU to determine a fair settlement of the UK’s rights and obligations as a departing member state, in accordance with the law and in the spirit of our continuing partnership,’ she said.
‘The government recognises that the UK has obligations to the EU, and the EU obligations to the UK, that will survive the UK’s withdrawal—and that these need to be resolved.’
That’s right – the EU has obligations to the UK as well. If we are still contributing to the EU, then we should continue to benefit from EU policies and programmes. That is the (current) deal.
This, in turn, means that there must be transitional arrangements – rendering the recent debate on that subject a complete waste of time. Tory ditherers.
Oh, and while we’re at it, remember the campaign to make Jacob Rees-Mogg leader of the Tory Party and prime minister?
With judgement like this…
… perhaps it’s as well for that idea to be shelved indefinitely.
But Brexiting Tories are not the only ones who have turned out to be poodles for bigger bullies.
Remember those incredible, £995, leather trousers that Theresa May was so heavily criticised for wearing, showing off her wealth when some of us are having trouble feeding ourselves?
Now she reckons she was bullied into wearing them.
She’s the prime minister, for crying out loud! Nobody should be able to bully her into anything.
So much for the “strong” part of her silly pre-election mantra, “strong and stable”.
These Tories are pathetic. Their weakness will cripple us all.
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