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Boris Johnson’s ‘oven ready’ Brexit trade deal turned out half-baked. Can it be saved?

Brexit lies: Boris Johnson said he had an “oven-ready” Brexit deal waiting to slot into place with the EU.HE LIED.

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”.

He didn’t.

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:

At this point, it may be worth pointing out what’s at stake:

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).

Source: Brexit: Boris Johnson and EU chief seek to break trade deal deadlock – BBC News

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Johnson’s overcooked ‘oven-ready deal’ has blown up in his face. Why is he happy about it?

From Twitter: the caption was “Get in, losers. We’re driving it off a No Deal cliff.”

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:

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?

And didn’t he – also – say that failure to secure a deal would be a failure of statecraft?

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:

(Incredible that Boris Johnson’s selfishness has actually put me on the same side as Dan Hodges…)

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:

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):

Perhaps this is the most accurate comment of the day:

Source: Brexit: Michel Barnier told to stay home after Boris Johnson says EU ‘abandoned free trade deal’ | Politics News | Sky News

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Brexit trade talks are ‘going backwards’. Who benefits from leaving the EU, again?

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Michel Barnier: trade deal between the UK and EU is “unlikely”. But Boris Johnson said it was “oven-ready”!

Let’s get this right: before Brexit, the UK was part of the biggest market in the world, able to sell goods and services frictionlessly to 27 other countries.

Not only that, but the UK also benefited from the EU’s trade agreements with other countries and trading blocs, around the world.

This meant that our businesses paid no export duties on goods sold into the EU, and reduced duties on those sold elsewhere.

And what will be the situation after December 2020?

According to the latest reports, we will be reduced to trading on World Trade Organisation rules – meaning we will pay the highest tariffs possible.

And that’s not just with the EU countries. Has the UK actually signed a beneficial agreement with any other country or trading bloc?

It raises a pertinent question: Who benefits from Brexit?

I note that prominent industrial figures who advocated strongly for leaving the EU in 2016 subsequently upped stumps and disappeared abroad – lock, stock and multi-million-pound factories. Think Dyson.

Not only that, but strongly Brexiteer political figures, after securing the result they wanted for the rest of us, have quietly moved their own residences to EU countries – notably France – so they can continue to enjoy the benefits of living in the EU while having deprived the rest of us of them.

What do we get? How do we benefit?

Source: Brexit trade talks actually ‘going backwards’, warns EU’s Michel Barnier | The Independent

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Johnson has squandered millions while starving his people

Tory idiocy: People are dying for lack of benefit money while Boris Johnson has been clowning around with pointless Brexit campaigns.

Is this really the wise leadership for which we all voted?

The £46 million the Tory government spent on a silly ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign was utterly wasted – it didn’t help anybody be better-prepared.

The campaign – if it can be called that – was run by Boris Johnson when he was trying to kid us all that the UK would leave the EU on October 31 last year.

It was cancelled on October 28, after the EU granted an extension of the period in which UK Parliamentarians were to agree a withdrawal agreement.

The Tories also had to melt down a million Brexit commemoration 50p pieces.

Meanwhile, people like Errol Graham have been starving to death because the same Tories who wasted all those millions on a meaningless Brexit campaign wouldn’t spend a few thousand keeping a valuable human being from starvation.

Put another way…

Source: Government’s ‘Get ready for Brexit’ campaign didn’t really help people get ready for Brexit – Mirror Online

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