Brexit myths debunked: there has never been any need to threaten a ‘no deal’ Brexit

“Duper’s delight”: Boris Johnson helped undermine attempts to get a Brexit deal through Parliament. Now he is accusing Parliament of sabotaging attempts to get a deal. What hypocrisy! What duplicity! What a [insert description here]!

Having established that there will not be rioting in the streets if Brexit doesn’t happen on October 31, shall we consider the silly claim that the UK should threaten the EU with the possibility of a “no deal” departure?

Here’s Simon Wren-Lewis in Mainly Macro again:

The myth of the need to threaten No Deal as part of the negotiations soon became another piece of the entrenched narrative.

I am sure some Brexiters believed it, because they never bothered to understand how the Single Market worked. It was forced upon other Brexiters when the cavalry in the form of the German auto-manufacturers who were going to force the German government into concessions never turned up.

But it soon began to have a much more sinister purpose.

It was not long before many in the ERG realised the only form of Brexit they would be happy with was No Deal, and from then on their aim was to try and achieve No Deal by default.

What better ruse was there for this group than to spread the idea that we could not rule out No Deal for negotiation reasons.

So you see, “no deal” is the kind of Brexit that the swivel-eyed screamers of the far-right Conservative party-within-a-party, the European Research Group, want – not in the interests of the UK, but to serve their own selfishness.

This serves Boris Johnson very well as, if headlines are to be believed, he is in hock to a shadowy group of hedge fund bosses who have bet heavily on a “no deal” Brexit crashing the economy and causing misery to millions of us, and stand to make billions of pounds from it.

The reason a deal has not been done is because of the actions of our current Prime Minister, his predecessor, and those in the ERG who are pushing this narrative.

Parliament has failed to agree a deal because the ERG do not want a deal.

Also ludicrous is the idea that a No Deal Brexit fulfills the wishes of the 52% who voted in the referendum, when those campaigning to leave in the referendum said a deal was certain to be done.

This ties in with the false claim that we should leave on October 31 because Parliament has had three years to get a deal and has failed, of course.

A deal could have happened long ago, under Theresa May. It would not have been a good deal, but it had been agreed with the EU.

It failed because the ERG – led by Boris Johnson’s leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg and supported by Johnson himself – made it fail.

So we can see that Boris Johnson and his friends have deliberately sabotaged attempts to forge a Brexit deal – and are working to ruin the UK economy – apparently in order to cash in on the chaos afterwards.

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  1. hugosmum70 October 6, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    with all this uncertainty as to wether or not we will leave with a deal or with a no deal or even if we will leave at all. why am i seeing adverts on tv time after time telling us to get ready for brexit on 31st october??? we do not know yet if we will leave that day.surely this is wrong? or are they trying to infiltrate our minds so we all believe it thinking “is there something we dont know that Bojo n his cronies klnow?”

    • Mike Sivier October 7, 2019 at 11:08 am - Reply

      I think it’s just another example of Boris Johnson splashing our money up the wall for no good reason.

  2. hugosmum70 October 7, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I see……trying to make sure their really ISN’T any left when he ,and his party,inevitably, have to leave govt (we hope for good but that wont happen..theyll be back one way or another they always are, and then use every devious method they can to stay till something similar happens to this past few years. )

  3. Zippi October 7, 2019 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Theresa May’s deal was a terrible deal, which is why it failed by the biggest majority in Parliamentary history. To lay that at the feet of the E.R.G. is disingenuous. They didn’t like the deal but nor did almost everybody else.
    During the Referendum Campaign, as far as I recall and from what I have been able to find, the only deals that were mentioned, by those who campaigned to leave, were trade deals and we haven’t begun those yet. If you can find evidence to the contrary, please direct me to it.The Withdrawal Agreement is something completely different.
    The 31st October deadline was agreed, no given, by the E.U.; the latest of THREE deadlines to Article 50, the second extension. It is for us to ask for extensions and for the E.U. to agree to and grant them… or not.
    You may not want to hear this but any person who negotiates always has a “get-out,” which is to walk away from the negotiating table; it is the nature of negotiations. You never go into a negotiation expecting to, or letting your opposite know what you are willing to accept anything, or accept a deal on any terms. This is foolhardy and no experienced negotiator would do it. Without the credible possibility of our walking away, the E.U. has absolutely no incentive to negotiate, which is probably why it had not been.
    As for the Hedge Fund story, I have found no evidence to support it. Here are some links, which if not refute, certainly pour cold water on the idea:

    Theresa May was a terrible negotiator and her negotiating position was made worse by Parliament, it’s that simple. Even Yanis Varoufakis said that her Withdrawal Agreement was the kind that a country makes when it loses a war and he’s a Remainer!

    • Mike Sivier October 8, 2019 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      I can see there is no reasoning with you on this matter. Perhaps you would like to take up the matter with Prof. Wren-Lewis, whose words I was quoting?

    • Martin Odoni October 9, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Yanis Varoufakis is not really a Remainer. He has always LOATHED the EU, and he only sided with Remain in the Referendum due to the way Brexit was (not) being prepared.

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