Desperate: May tries to suggest Labour will be to blame if Brexit fails

Chaos: After Mrs May’s video clip, some might say Labour should respond in this manner.

Theresa May has released a curious video clip:

Whoops! Not that one, although it might as well have been.

This one:

Read between the lines and you’ll realise she’s trying to say that if she can’t come to an agreement with Labour, then the UK will not leave the European Union and Labour will be to blame. This is not true.

Mrs May has wasted the last three years creating a very bad “withdrawal agreement” that does not meet the needs of the people of the United Kingdom, and that is the reason it has been rejected three times by Parliament. Labour had no hand in that at all.

She says in the video that if an agreement is to be reached, both sides will have to compromise. But Labour negotiators have already made it absolutely clear that she has failed to give any ground at all.

So this is another pack of lies from the Queen of the loaded deck.

One is prompted to question whether this is an attempt to force Labour to let her have her way, as there are now only two working days left before she must bring something to her counterparts in the European Union.

And I hope you noticed that she also slipped in a few claims about the Labour Party. It will be interesting to see if Jeremy Corbyn agrees with her comments.

He has already stated that Labour’s demand is “a customs union with the European Union, access to European markets and the retention of regulations for environment, consumers, and workplace rights as a base on which we can build – a dynamic relationship which means we can never fall below them” and Mrs May’s position clearly does not support that.

And did you notice the claim that “the longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers”?

Firstly, the British people never voted for any particular Brexit because the Conservative government of the day – in which Mrs May was a member – never specified what it would be. That’s the reason she’s in such a muddle now. So “the Brexit the British people voted for” can’t “slip through our fingers”; it simply does not exist.

And the simple fact is that any delay must be the responsibility of Mrs May herself, who has spent so long trying to push her own personal (and selfish) Brexit on us all, and has utterly failed to even try finding a Brexit that the rest of us can accept.

Remember that there has never been any attempt to secure “losers’ consent” – agreement, from people who voted to remain in the EU, on a way forward that is palatable for them. Instead, “remoaners” have been demonised as “traitors” – and worse.

So this clip appears to be nothing more than a propaganda exercise intended to encourage people to see Labour as the obstacle in the Brexit process.

Deplorable.

Perhaps Jeremy Corbyn should make a video clip of his own.

UPDATE: Mrs May could find she isn’t fooling anybody, though. Consider these responses on Twitter:

And of course there is a strong argument that the original referendum was entirely advisory, that illegal interference in the process means the result is entirely fraudulent, and that failing to leave the EU might be the most honest thing to do:

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10 Thoughts to “Desperate: May tries to suggest Labour will be to blame if Brexit fails”

  1. SteveH

    If ‘no Brexi’t is intended as a threat it simply isn’t going to work. The mood of the country has shifted towards Remain and I (along many others) would be ecstatic if A50 was revoked.

  2. trev

    Oh they will definitely try to pin the blame on Labour, you can bank on that.

  3. SteveH

    When even the likes of arch Brexiteer Peter Oborne of the Daily Mail goes on record to say that the economic argument is lost and it’s time for a pause then it’s high time our politicians took off their dogmatic blinkers and looked at reality that this country is facing.

    t’s nearly three years since I, along with 17. 4 million other Britons, voted for Brexit. Today I have to admit that the Brexit project has gone sour.
    Brexit has paralysed the system. It has turned Britain into a laughing stock. And it is certain to make us poorer and to lead to lower incomes and lost jobs.
    We Brexiteers would be wise to acknowledge all this. It’s past time we did. We need to acknowledge, too, that that we will never be forgiven if and when Brexit goes wrong. Future generations will look back at what we did and damn us.
    So I argue, as a Brexiteer, that we need to take a long deep breath. We need to swallow our pride, and think again. Maybe it means rethinking the Brexit decision altogether.

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/i-was-strong-brexiteer-now-we-must-swallow-our-pride-and-think-again/

    1. Zippi

      The future is unknown and fear of it is always a strong persuader. Here’s a quotation which might interest you:
      “There are also bitter feelings that many of us have avoided expressing about the suppressions, since confessed in some cases, of known and relevant facts, the inaccuracies, half-truths and in some cases downright lies used by many otherwise honest people who, for reasons of either misconceived public good or of private selfishness, were determined at all costs to lead the people of this country into accepting a policy which the majority instinctively and persistently rejected. Some day, the history of that unparalleled deception must be written.” William Pickles (formerly Reader in Political Science, University of £ondon). 1973
      This may go some way to explaining why so many of those who voted for us to remain in the E.E.C. voted for us to leave the E.U.
      My reading has not ceased, since the Referendum. I am still learning.

      1. Mike Sivier

        Do you support being in a customs union, or EEC 2.0?

    2. Liam

      Oborne is hardly the working class hero , is he? I think he’s from London so I’m surprised he would have been against the EU. But he’s probably a slave to money and sees his holidays in the Dordogne going up the Swanee. Money is good to have but quality of life is too. I could nearly double my income by having a couple of housemates but I don’t want to. But maybe you n Mike Harding are right. Everyone was lied to and 52% of voters weren’t intelligent enough to realise. In future, why not just stop thick people from voting, instead of letting them think they will change anything by having the vote..

  4. Zippi

    My question has always been, had the result gone the other way, what concessions would, or could have been given to those who voted to leave?

    1. SteveH

      Your question just doesn’t make sense. What concessions would you want and how would they be achieved.
      If the result had gone the other way we would simply have stayed in the EU along with all our current privileges and opt outs.
      I have little doubt that a close result would have an influence on future discussions within the EU. However leaving the EU has many, many variations as evidenced by the Leave side being completely incapable of agreeing what Brexit means, the variations are endless.

      1. Zippi

        The question makes perfect sense in the current context, of people saying that we have to listen and take into account the wishes of the 48%. You can’t have it both ways. Remember, also, that David Cameron had “negotiated” a new settlement with the E.U. so, things would change.
        The Campaign group was a Campaign group. It is for Government and for Parliament to agree what leaving means and, in truth, this should have been decided before the Referendum was granted and settled upon the announcement of the result. My question still stands.

  5. Colin fripp

    Survey does not say England want to remain in EU!!!

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