The Tories’ utter ineptitude over Brexit has been beyond reasonable doubt for some time. David Davis’ forced cheerfulness and claims of positive talks have been shot down every time EU negotiator Michel Barnier opens his mouth to describe the complete lack of progress made, sixteen months after the referendum and with over a quarter of the time to Britain’s exit from the EU elapsed.
So dire has been the Tories’ complete lack of competence that they’ve been forced to start seriously propagandising about the likelihood of a ‘no-deal Brexit’ to try to prepare the public’s mind for accepting what will represent an absolute failure on the part of a government that only a few months ago was campaigning for re-election on the basis of Theresa May being the best person to negotiate Brexit.
A no-deal Brexit is the worst possible deal for British people – and the government desperately needs to obscure that fact.
A major spanner in the already-mangled works of the Tories’ haplessness appeared last weekend, in the form of Labour’s announcement that the party will not accept a no-deal Brexit and will vote against one if it is proposed.
So the Tories have launched what journalist Michael Holehouse has termed the ‘weaponisation’ of the no-deal concept – with a CCHQ-driven letter sent by Tory MPs to Jeremy Corbyn:
You don’t have to read too deeply between the lines to see the panic that prompted the creation of this letter – Labour’s firm stance represents a serious threat to the Tories’ attempts to obscure their complete lack of a clue. So the Tories are getting their excuses in early and could scarcely be more transparent about it.
The idea that the UK threatening to jump off a cliff is ‘leverage’ over the EU is laughable – and the idea of using the lives of EU and UK people as bargaining chips to cover their own ineptness is contemptible. The Tories are both ridiculous and despicable.
And so desperate that they’ll try anything at all to divert attention from it.
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