When you’re thinking about the Brexit trade deal, the thing to remember at all times is that Boris Johnson won a general election with a claim that he had one, “oven-ready”.
Very nearly an entire year later, with the latest attempt to reach agreement teetering on the brink because of fisheries, the rules governing state subsidies for business and how the agreement is policed.
As far as fisheries and state subsidies are concerned, if the EU is trying to dictate what we can do in our own sovereign waters and with our own sovereign tax money, This Writer thinks the EU can – politely – get stuffed.
I fear that the UK may be trying to pull a fast one on how the agreement is policed – Tories always want light-touch regulation so they can get away with more than they should (in my experience).
But Johnson told us he had an “oven-ready” deal. All these issues should have been addressed and resolved before last year’s general election – because that’s what he was telling us then.
If the deal falls through, then, it will be his fault.
He is being called to talk with European Commission chair Ursula Von Der Leyen, to see if they can find a way through.
All will not be lost because the UK will try to ratify those elements that have been negotiated and agreed. But the EU may decide to reject the lot. Indeed, France’s Emmanuel Macron is threatening to use his veto.
So we could end up trading with our most valuable partners on the worst possible terms from January 1, 2021 – after Boris Johnson won an election by telling us he had an advantageous deal ready to go.
And he’s being called out on it:
BBC have been reporting 'Agreement Imminent' for months, parrotting Downing St. briefings. Watch out for reports saying 'agreement' meant agreeing to have no deal.
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At this point, it may be worth pointing out what’s at stake:
— Save British Farming 🇬🇧 (@BritishSave) December 4, 2020
Poor farmers. They were really fished in. Most of them voted for Brexit all the way down the line, thinking they were going to get better subsidies and more cash for their produce.
Now it seems they are to get the exact opposite. And their story is reproduced right across British industry.
Way back around the time he was campaigning to become Tory leader, Boris Johnson was accused of being in collusion with a group of hedge fund managers who wanted a “no deal” Brexit because they had bet heavily on such a situation killing off many household-name UK firms and stood to make around £8 billion.
If the story is true, they’ll be the only ones to profit – and he should be jailed (although on what charges, I do not know).
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