Das Verhalten britischer Politiker im Zusammenhang mit dem Brexit erinnert verblüffend an die Defizite, die gewisse Hirnschäden mit sich bringen. Hat man das einmal verstanden, ist offenkundig, was jetzt zu tun wäre.
Brexiteer Boris Johnson has set out stall very firmly this morning, making clear that he cannot vote for Theresa May’s unchanged deal as it includes the EU backstop trap and is demanding that the government whip against taking No Deal off the table or delaying Brexit.
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Boris has once again spoke up for the pro-Brexit majority, writing in the Daily Telegraph that: “It would be preposterous to take the option of No Deal off the table.
“If indeed that option is put to Parliament this week, the government must obviously whip against it, and the same goes for the absurd idea of extending Article 50.”
His intervention comes the day after new polling from ComRes revealed that an increasing number Brits are in favour of a No Deal Brexit if the EU fails to compromise on a UK deal, with less than one third of voters outright opposed to a WTO Brexit.
Boris has also dismissed the prospect of the UK not leaving on 29th March, saying: “We should come out on time, at the end of this month, but with a mutually agreed standstill in the existing arrangements, so that we can use the period to the end of 2021 (a very long time) to do a proper free trade deal.”
And he sets out what has gone wrong on the backstop, with British negotiators that may as well “have been talking to the wall”, leading to a EU laid trap that means “the UK will have less sovereign power to withdraw from the backstop than it has to leave the EU itself”.
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab also talked up No Deal as still being better than a bad deal yesterday, laying out how the UK could “manage the risks and that would free us to grasp the opportunities”.
Raab reminded his colleagues that “we should keep the promise that every Conservative made in the manifesto: that No Deal was better than a bad deal.”
Instead of talking up the prospect of No Deal to increase the UK’s negotiating leverage and force through changes, Theresa May has been reduced to vague threats of losing control if MPs reject her deal again. But she and those around her must take responsibility. Brussels don’t believe she will lead the UK out with No Deal and so have no incentive to give her any concessions.
Instead, just like David Cameron, she is left clinging on to a terrible deal with little support that could now end her premiership completely. Government sources are now being quoted as saying things about May such as: “I don’t believe there is a single one of us who thinks it’s a good idea for her to stay beyond June.”
This is a big week in British politics. Once again, Brexiteer MPs must stand up for the 17.4 million who want to see independence delivered. We simply cannot accept falling into a £39 billion trap that locks the UK into a situation that it can’t unilaterally break free from. That is not taking back control.