Known liar says UK could lie about Brexit deal; what is the EU supposed to think?

[Cartoon: Ben Jennings.]

David Davis really should know when to keep his mouth shut – especially after his own Brexit ‘impact assessments’ debacle and the recent behaviour of his colleague Boris Johnson.

Let us remind ourselves of the disgrace with which Mr Davis has covered himself, courtesy of this video by Peter Stefanovic:

It is clear that Mr Davis lied about the existence of these documents. If anybody wants to split hairs about the difference between an “analysis” and an “assessment”, This Writer would urge them to look up a dictionary definition of both terms and consider whether there really is a huge difference between them.

Now he has said the last-minute agreement on the Irish border, citizens’ rights and the financial settlement between the UK and the EU27 on Brexit is “non-binding”.

According to the BBC: “He stressed that the deal struck by Theresa May on Friday to move to the next phase of talks was a “statement of intent” and not “legally enforceable”.

“Mr Davis has said “full alignment” would apply to the whole of the UK, not just Northern Ireland, but the Sunday Telegraph said Conservative Brexiteers had been reassured that it was “non-binding” and had been included to secure Ireland’s backing for the deal.”

This shows an extraordinary lack of intelligence from Mr Davis.

Only a few weeks ago, his colleague Boris Johnson caused an international incident when he said he believed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching journalism in Iran – confirming the claims of the Iranian authorities who had arrested her (such actions are considered to be ‘soft’ campaigning against the ruling regime there). In fact, she had been on holiday.

Of course the Iranians took Mr Johnson at his word and threatened to double Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s prison term. The imbecilic foreign secretary is in Iran at the time of writing, trying to put right his monumental blunder.

Now Mr Davis has made almost exactly the same kind of blunder – but one that could have far more serious repercussions for everybody in the UK.

And why not?

All they would be doing is judging him according to his character: He lied about the ‘impact assessments’ and he reckons Friday’s agreement is a lie as well.

And he is, after all, the UK minister responsible for Brexit.

The harm to Mr Davis’s reputation is indelible. If you want proof – look at the reaction to his claims about trade deals after Brexit.

He told Andrew Marr that the UK could sign a “Canada plus, plus, plus” trade deal with the European Union “the second after we leave”.

What do we think of that? See for yourself:

We have a Brexit Secretary who has ruined his own reputation with a silly lie – and giggled like a schoolgirl about it when his falsehood was exposed, let’s remember.

He has acted in extremely bad faith and the EU’s negotiators – not to mention the leaders of the other 27 nations – know it.

And he has ruined not only his own reputation but that of the UK internationally.

Still, he won’t be resigning any time soon. Theresa May is too weak to demand it and besides, the stupid Tory government will simply try to hide behind another lie.

Here it is, in fact:

“New sense of optimism?”

New smell of merde, more like!

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  1. Brian December 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Talks are just talks, meaningless. The only thing that counts is ratified signed agreements. Where are they!?, they don’t exist. The EU needs to get it’s act together just as much as May & Co.

    • Mike Sivier December 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Why? The EU has all the power.

  2. NMac December 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Johnson, Gove, Davis, Duncan-Smith, Fox et al, are all corrupt liars. We have been delivered into the hands of an evil cabal of right-wing fanatics. Very worrying.

  3. Barry Davies December 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    known liars on brexit cameron osborne blair brown clegg cable.

    • Mike Sivier December 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      List their Brexit-related lies and the factual evidence against them – with sources.

  4. blackghost55 December 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Another overpaid MP lying through his teeth
    its nothing new is it? I mean we’ve sort of
    gotten used to it over the last 7 years starting with Cameron & co.. IDS lying his ass off etc.. Grrr

  5. Dainer December 12, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    The Tories are trying to be clever and think they can pay lip service to the EU till the 2019 leaving date. Then they will try and crash out without a deal lowering regulations and taxes. It’s coming unstuck next week when the RW Brexiteers realise that they will need to sign off stage 1 into law before moving ahead. Double check but I think the EUs 16 page document makes it pretty clear that the single market/customs union regulatory alignment has to be signed off into law before moving ahead. The RW Tories will never sign that off and we’re back to fireworks.

  6. Liam December 12, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Those people are known for their untrustworthiness. David Cameron mentioned world war 3 happening if we voted out.He also said he woudn’t resign if he lost the vote. Clegg said an EU army was a fantasy but that is on it’s way .
    Further to that list.. I believe that European Council President Donald Tusk, said it would be the beginning of the destruction of the EU and western political civilisation if the UK voted Leave.

    • Mike Sivier December 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Cameron suggesting World War III was a symptom of his own personal malaise – it wasn’t a claim by the official Remain campaign.
      There is no plan for an EU army.
      I’ll look forward to seeing where Mr Tusk said the words you attribute to him.

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