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May has failed

Recently, Grumpy wrote a post which contained mostly quotes from Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech, clearly setting our her goals for Brexit. (See  Lancaster House tests )

The fact is, that no matter which way it is spun, whatever obfuscations are used, or however impassioned the speeches about ‘no other choice’ are, May has abjectly failed to deliver every goal she so clearly set out in that speech.

  • “take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain” –  FAILED
  • “to strike the best trade deals around the world” (meaning not being in a customs union – her words) – FAILED
  • “protecting the common resources of our islands” (meaning being on control of our fishing waters – her words)  – FAILED
  • “free to establish our own tariff schedules at the World Trade Organisation” – FAILED
  • “not mean that we will seek some form of unlimited transitional status, in which we find ourselves stuck forever in some kind of permanent political purgatory” (meaning having a time limit in the backstop – her words) – FAILED
  • “want us to have reached an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two-year Article Fifty process has concluded”  – make a mark on your calendar WILL FAIL.

The “national interest” threat should not cause leave MP’s to capitulate –  this agreement should be rejected.

The May Tests

Is the end in sight ?

Theresa May has been receiving pressure because of her failure to implement Brexit properly . People should wait and judge her against her own words from Lancaster House; if she delivers an agreement which meets her own  stated criteria, it will be a success, and she can take a bow. We’ll see – tick or cross these off when the final deal is announced.

” take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.”  (This is a yes or no – it’s done or not)

“empowering the UK as an open, trading nation to strike the best trade deals around the world” (This means we are not in some form of customs union)

“protecting the common resources of our islands” (We can determine our own fishing policy and exclude the French if we so choose)

“What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the Single Market” (This is a yes or no)

“free to establish our own tariff schedules at the World Trade Organisation” (A simple test here)

“not mean that we will seek some form of unlimited transitional status, in which we find ourselves stuck forever in some kind of permanent political purgatory” (This means any backstop has to be time limited)

“want us to have reached an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two-year Article Fifty process has concluded” (Make a mark on your calendar)