As usual, Mrs May’s speeches say a lot about nothing at all. American gurus are good at that, but this is a Prime Minister speaking. The problem is that all of the men lost their nerve and agreed. Half of Conservative MP’s had already seen it before she spoke. I wonder whether two little words were implied: ‘General Election’, unless they agreed.
What we do not have:
- The European Court of Justice is superior to the UK Supreme Court;
- The invasion of people from everywhere, all insisting on having their own laws above UK ones, has not been addressed.
- The single EU market is to be denied to us – don’t be ridiculous. EU trade, both imports and exports, can be measured as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product). The EU maket is extremely important to imports and exports. The UK will go bust before even the EU hopes, so that she can go crawling back to the EU. Then what? Whatever they propose will not be to our benefit;
- UK businesses, including finance (making 25% of our GDP) have been left to flounder, mainly as politicians do not understand making money. If they had, Carillion would not be in this mess;
- No Customs Union? Please understand that after we depart this union, everyone who wants payback from the UK will simply hold up our goods in Customs. This last happened in 1979, as far as I know. The French refused to take our beef so we retaliated by refusing to take their lamb. A stand-off. Playground antics by bullies.
- Items 1 and 2 were the subjects that the UK voters decided on. A short statement about if you are here already, you are okay, whispered to the media. .
I do not see any female negotiators in the Brexit team. Women think and act differently. the playground antics would not happen.
Please make sure that a Customs Union is in all of our interests. That Mrs May saw fit to say that what happened to Norway, would not happen to us, was unkind. That leaves them high and dry, when they would only be trying to help us. Similarly, Canada, a nation whose wondrous natural resources make it a good market for us. We want Norway and Canada on our side and do hope that they will forgive us our daily shenanigans.
Oh and Ireland. Whilst living by the sea, I saw a man with a hand-held thing that you sign for delivery, only he was trying to reach a satellite. He told me that the satellite would receive his inputted figures and the supplier would receive fast, accurate data.
What if a microchip was implanted in all new vehicles that would be picked up by a satellite and sent it to Irish databases, one in the south and another in the north. We must remember that southern Ireland is not in the UK’s jurisdiction, so any agreement must be made with honour.
Finally, there is a real possibility that the UK will go bust. Why has no-one looked at it? Mrs May’s negotiations to date are frightening: £1 billion to the DUP to vote her way. Unfortunately they have been intransigent. Hopefully, the money will be paid in stages, signed off by a businessman. She also gave money to Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon. I expect her MP’s bowl down to London, stay in a good hotel and vote as they think best rather than to shore up the Conservatives.
This is worse than a war over desert weapons that were never found. This is selling out our children. If nothing else, ask the Young Conservatives for their opinion on all of the above. And let us listen to our children. Let us hope that we will not be crying over spilt milk.
Theresa May cannot use people for political expediency just because you are desperately hanging on to office. It is unethical to dive into Ireland, without a by-your-leave and not care about all of the people who live there. There is peace, yet these things are fragile and grabbing the DUP’s 10 votes, could disturb that fragility. What right does a British government have to give the DUP’s its ear, when it stands as a neutral arbiter of northern and southern Ireland’s politics? You’re correct. It has no right.
I once met a very brave Englishman, whose hearing was destroyed by a bomb. During the explosion he covered two children’s bodies with his own and saved their lives. He was a hero. Those children were Irish, North or South? He never said; they were just children.
The thing is, that Irish people have had a measure of peace after the end of the Troubles. The problem is that Martin McGuiness, (Sinn Fein) the Deputy First Minister to Mrs Foster (DUP), resigned in January this year, but passed away in March and no replacement has been discussed. He resigned because there was an initiative in green energy, overseen by Mrs Foster, which ended with £490 million overspend to businesses. He wanted Mrs Foster to resign but she refused. There was disagreement between the two biggest parties: Sinn Fein and oh dear, DUP. One rule of the Good Friday Agreement (10 April 1998) is that if Mrs Foster is First Minister then a member of Sinn Fein must be her Deputy.
Asking the DUP to join the Conservatives is like Nicola Sturgeon asking for a second Scottish referendum. Neither woman will accept that it will be a hollow victory if you force people to accept what you want, without thinking about consequences. Personally, I am horrified that the Conservatives are even thinking of talking to DUP. Our General Election was democracy in motion. The Scottish Referendum did the same when people voted to remain in the EU. The ability to take a step back and look at the bigger picture is not always innate. That is why we have discussion, in a Cabinet, for example.
The Conservatives do not have a majority and will have to work hard to ensure that enough MP’s of any party vote to get the Bills through. Leave the diplomats to talk to Irish political parties to continue the Good Friday Agreement. We want peace in Northern and Southern Ireland; there is no way any British government can interfere and not be partisan.
Besides, Theresa May is showing a strong hand in Europe with Brexit. I would like her to continue with that. There cannot be a deal with DUP alone. The Good Friday Agreement is in place. Please stop meddling.