It seems Boris Johnson is getting exactly the kind of Brexit his backers wanted: ‘no deal’, meaning disaster for the UK economy.
He is putting on his sad face at the moment but that’s not fooling me, and it shouldn’t fool you.
His claim that Brussels has “abandoned” the ambition of a free trade deal is as empty as his soul:
The EU has “abandoned the idea of a free-trade deal”, says PM Boris Johnson
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 16, 2020
Sky News has this to say:
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator has told his European counterpart not to come to London on Monday to resolve stalled talks, after the prime minister warned it was time to “get ready” to leave without a deal.
Isn’t this the same prime minister who said there was an ‘oven ready’ trade deal, only last year?
well that's not what you promised. exact same benefits. oven ready deal. no deal is a failure of statescraft. https://t.co/86r7rZDeuX
— EniLorac 🇪🇺 #FBPE (@PointlessBrexit) October 16, 2020
And didn’t he – also – say that failure to secure a deal would be a failure of statecraft?
A year ago, Boris Johnson said that No Deal would be "a failure of statecraft".
Since then, he's amply demonstrated that if it's failure of statecraft you're after, Johnson's your man.
— Cornwall for Europe #FBPE (@Cornwall4EU) October 16, 2020
So isn’t he admitting that he is a failed prime minister? And shouldn’t we be demanding his resignation and replacement at the earliest possible opportunity?
Johnson is, of course, doing his best to blameshift responsibility for his failure onto the EU:
Mr Johnson said in a dramatic intervention that “there doesn’t seem to be any progress coming from Brussels”.
He told businesses and hauliers to “get ready” for there to be no free trade deal.
But this is clearly nonsense, in the light of what he – and other Brexiters – have been saying since before the EU referendum in 2016.
They have spent years trying to convince us that the EU nations would be desperate to forge a deal with the UK that would put us at an advantage.
Instead, it seems we’re going to have to pay high tariffs to sell into a market that was free before Johnson and his cronies convinced 17 million of us to vote the entire nation out.
And remember, Johnson won last year’s general election on this – claiming that he would “Get Brexit Done” and it would create a golden future for the UK.
Well. At best he was mistaken. At worst he was lying.
This Writer remembers the claims that he was in cahoots with a cartel of wealthy hedge fund bosses who had bet heavily on the UK leaving without a trade deal, and on this causing the end of a large number of major UK businesses.
Doesn’t this seem more likely now – especially as Johnson has intervened personally to stop any further negotiations, a month and a half before the transition period ends?
It all seems highly suspicious to me.
And I’m not the only one, it seems:
And there we have it
After 4 years of chaos
After all the broken promises
After winning an election on an "oven-ready deal"
We've climbed down from "the easiest deal in history" and "holding all the cards"
Which NO ONE voted forhttps://t.co/e83RLdcjoB
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaNigrelli) October 16, 2020
Oven. Ready. Brexit. https://t.co/IVYOYz5u8Z
— Jonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews) October 16, 2020
No-one actually believed “oven-ready deal”. Literally no-one. Not a single person. That’s the beauty of it. When truth has been murdered you can say any old shit.
— Nic Ransome 🧟♂️ undead Deloitte consultant (@nicransome) October 16, 2020
Boris Johnson is deciding today whether to carry on with his half-hearted Brexit negotiations OR give up and go all-in on a No-Deal Brexit!
What happened to his 'Oven Ready Deal'?
— StrongerStabler (@StrongerStabler) October 16, 2020
So, just to be clear:
It’s the British government who broke the international treaty Boris himself negotiated with the EU and presented as an oven ready deal. But Boris is disappointed with the EU’s attitude in negotiations. Righto #brexitshambles
— nick lock (@nicklock42) October 16, 2020
We didn’t vote for no deal. The voted for a deal that kept us trading with the EU through an EFTA/EEA position. That’s what #voteleave promised. So much for an oven ready deal. An extension was offered, so this is on the UK government now. There is a way forward with @EFTA4UK pic.twitter.com/HelVc7Cnxr
— James Mellor 🇪🇺 🇬🇧 #remainernow #efta4uk (@JamesMellor22) October 16, 2020
He bluffed that he had an Oven Ready deal, he bluffed he had a World Beating track and trace system. He is bluffing that he is going to level up the North and build 40 new hospitals. What he says and what he does bear no resemblance. On no deal he can go either way and still lie.
— Born again Keynsian #FBPE (@reasonablerich) October 16, 2020
Doesn't matter whether you're pro-Brexit or anti-Brexit. Britain needs No Deal at the moment like it needs a hole in the head.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) October 16, 2020
(Incredible that Boris Johnson’s selfishness has actually put me on the same side as Dan Hodges…)
First the coronavirus cock-ups, now it seems a no deal Brexit. Boris going for a hat-trick of own goals
— John Crace (@JohnJCrace) October 16, 2020
In the midst of a pandemic where people are already losing their jobs , this govt want to impose upon us a No Deal Brexit.
May they never be forgiven. https://t.co/Kd6GTK4E6R
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) October 16, 2020
Listening to Johnson’s utterly disingenuous crap about us needing to prepare for a No Deal Brexit, in an out of control pandemic, makes me feel physically sick.
— Dr « Keep Calm & Carp On » Lindsay Maxwell (@ParisDaguerre) October 16, 2020
Listening to Johnson spaffing BS about a no deal on the radio. What an utter disgrace. Blaming the EU for everything. God I hate his voice. 😡 He’s playing with OUR lives and OUR money. Vile.
— Chris (Has he sacked Dom yet 🤷♂️) (@King4ADay_UK) October 16, 2020
To allow a No Deal, whilst thousands are dying in a pandemic, knowing amongst other things it will cause a shortage of the drugs and resources needed for treatment is what it is, manslaughter.
— Kate Wilton (@KateWilton1) October 16, 2020
It seems likely the decision to end negotiations and prepare for ‘no deal’ could also mean the end of the United Kingdom as we know it:
Listening to Johnson telling Scotland that there is going to be a no deal Brexit, but we should do it with "high hearts" whatever that means. The man is completely insane! Scotland's day approaches fast.
— Bill Cruickshank (@BjCruickshank) October 16, 2020
Johnson tried to regain some of the credibility he has lost by suggesting that the UK was headed for an “Australia-style deal”…
He said the UK’s relationship with the EU could be more like the one Brussels has with Australia, which will mean tariffs being introduced on goods between the UK and the 27 other EU countries.
… but it seems he’s either badly mistaken (yet again) or trying to pull over our eyes (yet again):
Even that's not true, as Australia has a range of agreements with the EU. No Deal is more like an "Afghanistan style deal" https://t.co/i5Qbva1x58
— Simon Hix (@simonjhix) October 16, 2020
Perhaps this is the most accurate comment of the day:
I haven't seen Johnson's face look so happy as it did when he announced the now impending no deal Brexit. He and his cabinet have achieved precisely what they set out to do from day one and what they were put together for.
— David 🌹✊✊🌹 #CorbynWasRight (@nistaleos) October 16, 2020
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