Sometimes, I wonder if Prime Minister Theresa May is living in Hogwarts or even Wakanda. Because the reality check needs to hit and quickly. Because her recent notes on the Brexit and especially the Customs Union with the European Union doesn’t make sense. It is like she wants free-trade, but doesn’t want to follow the standards and regulations of the EU. Sorry, Prime Minister, that is not how it works. You cannot control Brussels without being a member in Brussels. You have only London from now on and have to beg to get into EU Common Market as a Third Country. That is a very simple math, but still not understood after two years by the United Kingdom and HM Government in London.
The UK people should be appalled by what she is trying to pull. It is naive and foolish. The naivete and playing the public for fools. It is brilliant, but perfectly stupid. I will take three key quotes from the note she delivered on Facebook today, before commenting on the quotes further down below them.
“This means we have to have friction-free movement of goods, avoiding the need for customs and regulatory checks between the UK and the EU. And this cannot happen if products have to go through different tests for different markets, or if customs declarations have to be made at the UK/EU border” (May, 2018).
“So I believe we need to come together behind our plan. As the Trade Bill returns to the Commons this week, there are some planning to vote for amendments that would tie us to a permanent Customs Union with the EU. This would be the ultimate betrayal of the Brexit vote. It would remove our ability to have an independent trade policy at all, conceding Britain’s role on the global stage as a force for free trade and endangering people’s jobs and livelihoods. This government will never stand for that” (May, 2018).
“We will leave the Single Market and Customs Union, and get out of the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. We will have that independent trade policy and a new UK-EU free trade area with a common rulebook for industrial goods and agricultural products. We will maintain high standards in keeping with our values, so we continue to promote open and fair trade. We will have that Parliamentary lock on all new rules and regulations” (May, 2018).
First: Friction-free movement movement. Second: Betrayal if the Commons vote for permanent Customs Union and third promote open and fair trade. These three things doesn’t work together. It just doesn’t, this is getting old on me. It really do.
First if she wants friction-free movement of goods, she needs to have a government following standards, procedures and protocols, labeling and basic agreements of the Customs Unions with the EU. Second, if it is problem and betrayal of the Brexit to be in the Customs Union, than you can say bye bye to friction-free movement of goods, as the tariffs and checkpoints of goods will start. The borders will be fixed for a third country and not free movement of it from the UK and neither from Ireland or France into the UK. I know that is hard for May to understand, but that is the reality if you abolish the Customs Union. Third, you can promote open and fair trade, but it will not be open if you are abolishing the Customs Union, you will be a third country and be lesser important trading partner to the EU.
The UK might feel tricked and unfair trading practices, but this is the wish of the Tories and May. The fair trade has to wait, as they cannot change the regulations from the outside and neither control the trading flow of the Union. They can do that to Cardiff and Edinburgh, but not in Dublin or Brussels. So all three points when concerning trading doesn’t make sense. Unless, she wants to be a sheep in a wolfs clothing. Than, she has pulled it off.
I am not surprised anymore, but that she still does it like this. Is amazing after two years of negotiations and two years of making provisions for the UK. She still bickers and promise both gold, silver and dog-poop at the same time.
Theresa May, how stupid do your think your citizens are? Peace.
Theresa May – ‘I say to the British people today: I am not going to Brussels to compromise our national interest; I am going to fight for it’ 15.07.2018
Statement by the Brexit Steering Group on the Chequers Statement of 6 July 2018 and on the White Paper released by the UK Government.
The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG), chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, met today and had an extensive exchange of views on the Chequers Statement of 6 July 2018, as well as on the White Paper just released by the UK Government.
In a first reaction, it welcomed both the Statement and the White Paper by the UK Government as a step towards establishing a new relationship between the UK and the EU once the UK is no longer a Member State.
In particular, the BSG welcomed that the UK is proposing that the future EU-UK relationship take the form of an Association Agreement. Given this has been the Parliament’s position from the very beginning the BSG agrees with this approach which would place the future EU-UK relationship in all its dimensions – economic, sectoral, security, foreign policy – on a firm footing within a coherent governance structure.
The BSG reiterated that negotiating a new relationship with the UK post-Brexit is conditional on an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU on the basis of a Withdrawal Agreement (WA). It reconfirmed the Parliament’s position expressed in its resolutions that it will not consent to a WA, including a transition period, without a credible “back stop” provision for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border to prevent a hard border and safeguard the integrity of the single market, faithfully reflecting the commitments entered into in the Joint Report of 8 December 2017. It urged the UK Government to clarify its positions on the “back stop” so that the WA can be finalised as quickly as possible.
Other important elements of the WA, including its governance provisions, in particular a credible dispute settlement mechanism, also still need to be agreed. Moreover, regarding the implementation of the WA, the Parliament expects a positive response to its letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid on 3 July 2018 and especially concerning the independent authority and the smooth registration of all EU citizens.
The BSG noted that negotiations on the WA and the framework for the future relationship will continue next week. It recalled its position for the closest trade and economic partnership possible while respecting among others the principles of the non-divisibility of the four freedoms, the integrity of the single market, avoiding a sector-by-sector approach and safeguarding financial stability, the preservation of the autonomy of EU decision-making, the safeguarding of the EU legal order and the balance of rights and obligations which any future EU-UK relationship will need to respect. In this framework there will be, for example, no space for outsourcing EU‘s customs competences.
The BSG stated its readiness to provide its input to the negotiation process at any time over the coming weeks and it will carry out a further assessment of the White Paper in the coming days and weeks.
Today, has been a hectic day, first David Davis resigned, than Boris Johnson and two more Parliamentary Private Secretaries have also resigned. All of these are ready to leave their offices because of the weekends chequers agreement was supposed to make it easier for the Tories to make a White Paper to deliver the European Union. Where the negotiations and the progress for Withdrawal from the EU could practically move forward.
Now that two major Brexiteers have left the ship, the others are just more spoilers of loyal ones wanting the hard-Brexit. Even if that is foolish, as the United Kingdom is hurting own business over the political game played, instead of thinking of the long-term consequences. It is ironic that Johnson says the UK could end up as a ‘Colony’ of the EU.
That is ironic as the biggest colonizer on planet earth was the United Kingdom, that why they have their “friendly” queened controlled Commonwealth to still steer the trade and policies in the former colonies. Therefore, Johnson should be careful what he wish for.
The UK could have avoided all of this, the Tories could have been consistent, however, they have been unstable and erratic. The Tories has mocked protocol and clarity. The UK government and their Department of Exiting the European Union (DexEU) could have delivered more policies and plans for negotiations with the EU. Tories could have been proper that way, but the EU have been more open and transparent. Something usually they are disregarded and questioning from their authorities. However, the EU has shown their cards and their possible outcomes. The UK haven’t even made sure basics are in place.
The UK are still not official stance on the border of Ireland, the Customs Union, the Trade Policies or any of the other issues. The Chequers was supposed to clear some of that, but there are still uncertainty if that will stick. The Tories should have figured that out early after the elections, especially since the Brexiteers and the ones fighting for leaving the Union had no program or plan for how it would be. Other than, sovereignty from the Union without knowing how that could be.
Your running a game blindly, the blind leading the blind and hoping your end up. Than your just lucky… You could fall out over cliff. The Tories should have done this from the get-go, but still they are fighting and bickering, instead of finding the way through the maze.
HM Government should be ashamed to be here after two years. The Brussels are controlling the aftermath of the referendum, but the UK are sailing without strong captain, it is unsteady and shaky. There is not easy to know how the ERG will react or the Remainers will go. It is to parties within the party and the PM has to walk on egg-shells. She doesn’t even have to struggle with the Labour before steering into trouble. The trouble is within.
The Tories doesn’t need Brexit, is breaking the party and the government, they are just destroying themselves and the world is watching. Tories are making themselves looking foolish. The infighting and the petty play of the public’s trust in the cabinet.
Theresa May is really messed up. She is shaking and her leadership isn’t looking controlled, but instead looking like shambles, like a train-wreck, it looks like it is sinking and too fast for her damage control.
The Tories have done all of this to themselves. Nobody needs to say, to others than to the British public. The UK are doing it to themselves. They don’t even need the pressure from Brussels. The Tories are leading them to buy ale in Bristol, but not serving them a justified Brexit.
Even if I don’t understand why UK are leaving the Union and becoming a Third State to the Union. They are losing privileges…. They not getting the benefits of the membership and will have to work within the bounds of being outside. The UK are doing it to themselves. The EU didn’t ask for this, Brussels effect is made because the UK asked for it.
The HM Government just have to manage with the consequences, they are an outsider who can negotiate, but they cannot win. The EU will show that, to show the value of the Union and not being in the Union.
This has been said for two years, but they have to learn the hard-way I guess. Peace.