It’s couched in diplomatic language, but when a diplomat quits over “misleading” arguments and a “reluctance to address honestly” Brexit, you know she’s calling Boris Johnson a liar.
Alexandra Hall Hall’s unequivocal statement that she can no longer “peddle half-truths”, coinciding so closely with Jeremy Corbyn’s release of Treasury documents showing that Mr Johnson has misled the UK on the substance of his Brexit deal, can only confirm it.
Revealed as a liar, his Brexit deal simply the latest permutation of the old story about the “Emperor’s new clothes”, Mr Johnson is left with no options.
Naked and shamed, he can only hope that enough of the electorate are so nauseated at the thought of the Brexit drama dragging on that they’ll support him simply in the belief that he’ll make it go away.
He won’t, of course. He can’t.
And what if someone reminds the public that the fuss over the UK’s membership of the EU only happened because a previous Tory prime minister, in a fit of pride, thought it would heal divisions in his own party; it never had anything to do with any economic or social benefit to the UK.
What a cesspit David Cameron dragged us into! And how humiliating if we allow Boris Johnson to drown us in it.
A senior British diplomat in the US has quit with a blast at the UK government over Brexit, saying she could no longer “peddle half-truths” on behalf of political leaders she did not “trust.”
Alexandra Hall Hall, the lead envoy for Brexit in the British Embassy in Washington, said that she had become increasingly dismayed by the demands placed on the British civil service to deliver messages on Brexit which were not “fully honest.”
“I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern,” she wrote in her letter, dated December 3.
“It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home.”
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