Brexit Secretary still thinks he can dictate to the EU, after giving in on every point in negotiations so far

Mad: David Davis will warn the European commission that it cannot cherrypick sectors in a trade deal [Image: Hoslet/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock].

Isn’t there a saying that madness may be defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results?

In that case, David Davis is not only stupid but mad as well.

He has repeatedly stated the Tory government’s demands to the EU27 on what Theresa May and her cronies want from Brexit.

He has been rebuffed, every time – but now he is coming back with more of the same.

And isn’t it charming of him to try to say what other people must do – when he couldn’t even produce a series of impact assessments that he spent months swearing had been carried out.

The fact that they don’t, in fact, exist shows that Mr Davis and the government he represents is not only stupid and mad, but incompetent as well.

What organisation goes into negotiations about major changes without having carried out work to find out how they will affect it?

The EU27 will hear what he has to say, shrug, and force a deal on goods but not services on us, crippling four-fifths of the UK’s economy.

Brexit secretary David Davis will warn the European commission that it cannot “cherrypick some sectors” when negotiating a trade deal, according to a senior government official, who said the UK planned to treat goods and services as inseparable.

Responding to EU figures setting out their stall, the Whitehall source insisted that while trade talks would be complex, “they either want to have a broad economic relationship with the UK, or they don’t”.

The source dismissed the idea that Britain would have to choose between a simple free trade agreement, which would focus largely on goods but not on the services that make up almost 80% of the UK economy, or a more comprehensive arrangement inside the single market and customs union.

They also suggested that ministers across government had held meetings with a “full sweep of EU member states” and were confident some would be pressing internally for the commission to secure a bespoke and strong deal with the UK.

Source: David Davis to warn EU it cannot cherrypick in Brexit trade deal talks | Politics | The Guardian

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5 thoughts on “Brexit Secretary still thinks he can dictate to the EU, after giving in on every point in negotiations so far

  1. Owen Williams

    I’m convinced at this point that the Tories are trying to deliberately scupper the negotiations, so they can flounce away without any deal at all, letting the UK media distract people by tarring the EU as some vaguely Lovecraftian monstrosity that we’re better off without, while the Tories themselves set about reorganising our economy into a bargain basement tax haven, complete with the destruction of Human and Workers’ rights legislation, and possibly civil rights, too.

    I know people say “Never assume malice where incompetence is more likely”, but frankly I think they’re pushing the ‘incompetence’ boat out a bit too far for it to be anything but a ruse. They know exactly what they’re doing, and anyone who’s not landed or well-monied will suffer for it somehow.

  2. Barry Davies

    Strange isn’t it how anything Davis does is wrong and or crazy but Barmier can blatantly ignore the eu’s own regulations make absurd comments and people fall over him as if he is a genius rather than just another failed politician given access to a huge pension by being an eu commissioner.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Strange isn’t it how you think you can make unsubstantiated claims like the above and expect anybody to believe you.

  3. rotzeichen

    The Tories take their electorate for fools, clearly anyone who votes for these Tories are being taken for a ride.

    The reason I voted to remain in the EU; was not to go through this deliberate farce.

    Whether in or out of the EU we have Neo-Liberal politicians on both sides creating a world that disenfranchises and subordinates us to the corporate sector. So instead of worrying about the farcical details ranted over, that distract us away from what all these Neo-Liberal politicians are actually doing whilst we are looking the other way.

    We need to concentrate on getting rid of these vile Tories that are dismantling the state and selling off the ground from beneath our feet as we speak.

    The comic opera being conducted by this bunch of charlatans is nothing but a facade, the Tories will do exactly what they want to and set up a trade deal with the US which will mean the final capitulation to the American corporate sector.

    I personally feel it high time people in this country woke up to the fact that we are NOT a trading country, we are a net importer of other nations finished goods. We don’t need a trade deal whether in Europe or the rest of the world, we can stipulate whether we need what we are being sold.

    What is it that constitutes a trade deal? In a word ‘competition’, in another word as we are a net importer of other peoples finished goods, we can’t ‘Compete’ so we buy other peoples goods.

    As the Tories destroyed our manufacturing base, we can no longer compete on the international markets so why do we need to compete? Therefore why do we need trade deals, in truth these trade deals like TTIP and CETA enshrine corporate power into law and stops government intervention where it is needed.

    People really need to wake up as to what the whole Neo_liberal agenda is all about, and concentrate on ridding ourselves of Neo-Liberal complicit politicians.

    That is why the buffoons in the Tory party are happy to play their part, they have a totally different end game to the one the espouse publicly.

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