Boris Johnson seems to think that negotiations are proceeding too slowly – and is pushing the EU to give him the ‘no deal’ Brexit he wants.
That’s the only interpretation that can be put on the revelation that he is planning to break the withdrawal agreement that he merrily signed in January.
EU negotiators will see that no deal struck with the UK under his leadership will carry any weight. This Writer would not be surprised if they walk away from the negotiating table in disgust.
On the eve of negotiations resuming, the Financial Times reported that the Internal Market Bill would “eliminate” the legal force of the Withdrawal Agreement, struck less than a year ago, in areas including state aid for business and Northern Ireland customs.
As part of the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol, the region is expected to continue to follow some EU rules after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 to ensure there is no hard border.
But Mr Johnson is expected to say later that if no agreement is reached by 15 October, both sides should “move on”.
The prime minister will tell EU counterparts that completing the UK’s exit from the bloc without a trade deal would still be a “good outcome”.
It won’t be.
We have already learned that huge numbers of UK farmers are likely to go out of business if there is no deal and now Johnson is practically guaranteeing it.
This Site has already said we should not necessarily sympathise with them because the vast majority of farmers voted for Brexit, no matter what it meant.
But this latest move is likely to mean tariffs of 40 per cent on UK goods being sold into the EU – a huge extra cost that means most of them will be unable to trade in that bloc in the future.
The economy is not strong enough to weather this, so it seems the hedge fund bosses who (may or may not have) supported Johnson in his bid to be prime minister will get what it’s been said they want: an enormous recession and the collapse of big name UK brands.
Make no mistake:
By legislating to cause this, Boris Johnson is signalling that it is what he has wanted all along.
Now's the time to write to MPs, esp Conservative ones, also Conservative associations. They need to understand how angry we are about the broken promises, about the #ovenreadydeal They need to get that Johnson does not have carte blanche to screw-up our future.#BrexitReality https://t.co/9088PBxLnn
— Steve B (@EvetsBr0) September 7, 2020
One of the easiest deals in human history.
Four years of total Tory incompetence… and we're still no closer.
Our Economy is already near collapse… a #NoDealBrexit will push us over the 'cliff-edge'. #BrexitReality pic.twitter.com/HIESoLLgG5
— El Christo (@ElRaynerista) September 7, 2020
Ahead of this noisy week:
– the EU is better prepared for “no deal” than the UK
– the EU is not terrified of “no deal”
– “no deal” will affect the UK far more than the EU
This is #BrexitReality
— Europhile #FBPE (@LoveEU67) September 7, 2020
Tory elected representatives are already misrepresenting the facts:
You have to be a special kind of person to misrepresent the facts like this.
The #Withdrawlagreement was signed by @BorisJohnson's majority government in Jan 2020.
Leavers, and specifically the Johnson government, own this now.#BrexitReality https://t.co/mqHkRQk1mi
— Sam Vimes (@SamVimes6) September 7, 2020
Oh, and for all those who voted Conservative in December last year, basing their decision on the slogan that Johnson would “Get Brexit Done”… How does it feel to be betrayed?
This is a complete u-turn on the plan and a betrayal of every Tory voter who thought Johnson would achieve an advantageous Brexit:
Boris Johnson campaigned in GE2019 on his Brexit deal.
He won the GE, and is now going back on his deal.
It is yet another mark of incompetence & dishonesty.
It is yet another u-turn.#BrexitReality
— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) September 7, 2020
I bet shortly after he pushed ’no deal’ through, Boris will step down and leave the UK. His reign of destruction is completed. He destroyed the country, as voted for by the people who were not capable enough to see through his lies. #BrexitReality
— 🅶🅴🅴🅺🆃🆆🅴🅴🆃 (@randomtweetor) September 7, 2020
I was chatting to a friend last night and they are predicting rationing books to be reintroduced into the UK after December 31st and I think that they are correct. #BrexitReality
— István Vilmos (@moldovia) September 7, 2020
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