How nice of Theresa May. I thought we were supposed to be taking back control.

I wonder how we’re supposed to be doing that by entering into binding agreements that are intended to – let’s be honest – harm the majority of the population.

And what’s all this about us turning many of our industries into “vassal” sectors, still controlled by the EU? That’s not sovereignty!

It seems a case of “meet the new boss – same as the old boss” – and we’ve all been fooled again. Am I wrong?

One of May’s five tests for a Brexit deal is that it should bring the country together. She may yet achieve that. We will all be able to agree it’s rotten.

Theresa May made great play about how she was being “straight” with the public. She was honest on one key point: that we will have “less” access to the EU’s market in some ways. But she also ducked a straightforward question on whether she thought Brexit was “worth it”. That wasn’t honest.

And she pretended that she wanted to take back control of our laws in virtually the same breath that she said we might pass “identical” laws to those the EU passes. Meanwhile, she proposed we should make “binding commitments” to follow the EU’s competition rules, a hugely important policy area. And she said she wanted our pharma, chemicals and aviation industries to be governed by EU regulators, to whom we’d pay money.

That’s not just doublespeak of the most dishonest kind. It would turn these vital industries into vassal sectors.

May also wants a “close association” with Euratom. Why on earth then did she decide to pull out of the Euratom treaty – turning us into a vassal on nuclear energy too?

The prime minister’s speech is something of an irrelevance since it won’t stick. She can’t get MPs to agree to her plan to pull us out of a customs union with the EU. She can’t get the other 27 countries to agree to her plan to stick to their rules but have the freedom to diverge.

Meanwhile, it’s no good Brexiters complaining that the EU wants to turn Northern Ireland into a vassal province. Our prime minister agreed that was a possibility back in December – and she hasn’t yet come up with a viable alternative.

Why did May even bothering giving her speech, one might ask? Because she’s an expert in dithering, buying time and kicking the can.

Source: Theresa May proposes vassal status for key sectors – InFacts


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