Let us remind ourselves of the disgrace with which Mr Davis has covered himself, courtesy of this video by Peter Stefanovic:
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) December 10, 2017
It is clear that Mr Davis lied about the existence of these documents. If anybody wants to split hairs about the difference between an “analysis” and an “assessment”, This Writer would urge them to look up a dictionary definition of both terms and consider whether there really is a huge difference between them.
Now he has said the last-minute agreement on the Irish border, citizens’ rights and the financial settlement between the UK and the EU27 on Brexit is “non-binding”.
According to the BBC: “He stressed that the deal struck by Theresa May on Friday to move to the next phase of talks was a “statement of intent” and not “legally enforceable”.
“Mr Davis has said “full alignment” would apply to the whole of the UK, not just Northern Ireland, but the Sunday Telegraph said Conservative Brexiteers had been reassured that it was “non-binding” and had been included to secure Ireland’s backing for the deal.”
This shows an extraordinary lack of intelligence from Mr Davis.
Only a few weeks ago, his colleague Boris Johnson caused an international incident when he said he believed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching journalism in Iran – confirming the claims of the Iranian authorities who had arrested her (such actions are considered to be ‘soft’ campaigning against the ruling regime there). In fact, she had been on holiday.
Of course the Iranians took Mr Johnson at his word and threatened to double Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s prison term. The imbecilic foreign secretary is in Iran at the time of writing, trying to put right his monumental blunder.
Now Mr Davis has made almost exactly the same kind of blunder – but one that could have far more serious repercussions for everybody in the UK.
What chance the EU 27 will decide that David Davis’ suggestion that the UK’s EU agreement is just ‘a statement of intent’ and so not binding is now good reason for delaying progress on trade talks? High, I’d say
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) December 11, 2017
And why not?
All they would be doing is judging him according to his character: He lied about the ‘impact assessments’ and he reckons Friday’s agreement is a lie as well.
And he is, after all, the UK minister responsible for Brexit.
The harm to Mr Davis’s reputation is indelible. If you want proof – look at the reaction to his claims about trade deals after Brexit.
He told Andrew Marr that the UK could sign a “Canada plus, plus, plus” trade deal with the European Union “the second after we leave”.
What do we think of that? See for yourself:
Half-expect David Davis to announce today there are 57, possibly 58, global trade deals ready for UK to sign on Brexit, already in excruciating detail.
— david allen green (@davidallengreen) December 11, 2017
We have a Brexit Secretary who has ruined his own reputation with a silly lie – and giggled like a schoolgirl about it when his falsehood was exposed, let’s remember.
He has acted in extremely bad faith and the EU’s negotiators – not to mention the leaders of the other 27 nations – know it.
And he has ruined not only his own reputation but that of the UK internationally.
Still, he won’t be resigning any time soon. Theresa May is too weak to demand it and besides, the stupid Tory government will simply try to hide behind another lie.
Here it is, in fact:
The PM will address the House of Commons later on Monday and hail a new "sense of optimism" in the Brexit talks and the Cabinet will begin its discussions later this monthhttps://t.co/zTWbGNy2tm
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) December 11, 2017
“New sense of optimism?”
New smell of merde, more like!
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