May's Brexit Agreement Is a Betrayal of Britain
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December 04 2018

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

May's Brexit Agreement Is a Betrayal of Britain

This article by former Bank of England governor, Mervyn King, may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:


Leaving the EU is not the end of the world, any more than it will deliver the promised land. Nonetheless the country is entitled to expect something better than a muddled commitment to perpetual subordination from which the U.K. cannot withdraw without the agreement of the EU. 

Many MPs will argue that “we are where we are,” that it’s too late to change course, and that May’s deal is the only deal available. But remember, this is a political not an economic crisis. If Blair and Johnson, from opposing political viewpoints, can see the fatal weaknesses of this proposed deal, politicians of all hues should try to do the same. This deal will not end the divisiveness of the debate about Britain’s relationship with the EU. The Remain camp will continue to argue, correctly, that to align the country indefinitely with laws over which it has no influence is madness, and a second referendum is vital to escape from this continuing nightmare.

And the Leave camp will argue, also correctly, that it is intolerable for the fifth largest economy in the world to continue indefinitely as a fiefdom.

If this deal is not abandoned, I believe that the U.K. will end up abrogating it unilaterally — regardless of the grave damage that would do to Britain’s reputation and standing. Vassal states do not go gently into that good night. They rage. If this parliament bequeaths to its successors the choice between a humiliating submission and the abrogation of a binding international treaty, it will not be forgiven — and will not deserve to be.

Eoin Treacy's view

It’s hard to see how Theresa May’s minority government is going to survive the Brexit vote on December 11th. Without the DUP and the unity of her party she is going to need a mass defection from the opposition which is unlikely if that event would shore up her government. Being forced by Parliament today to release the details of the legality of the deal is a further sign of her weak position.

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