Desperate Theresa May’s latest flailing move – she is considering trying to amend the Belfast peace agreement, or Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in order to escape her self-made ‘backstop’ dilemma – is a futile ruse that gambles the peace in Northern Ireland for a change she has no chance of making.
The move is a bluff – the Telegraph correctly observes that May would need the agreement of all parties to the original GFA and she has no prospect of obtaining it – so it constitutes another desperate bid to extort support for her deal by evoking fear of potential consequences or dangling an unreachable carrot to fool the DUP and hard Brexiters into backing it.
But coming barely a day after a car bomb exploded in Derry, even a bluff on such terms is astonishingly reckless.
To underscore the futility of the move, the EU has already dismissed it as a “non-starter” – and even the Tory-supporting Telegraph has conceded that she admitted she is just trying ‘anything’ in desperation:
Senior EU sources said it was a non starter while even UK Government sources were “sceptical” that it would work. The fact it is even being considered underlines the political crisis now facing the Prime Minister.
On Sunday night, Mrs May held a conference phone call with her Cabinet. One Cabinet minister said the outcome of the call was “essentially one more heave on the backstop”.
Mrs May is said to have told them her plan was to do “something” on the backstop. Asked if it was something specific or just “anything”, she is said to have told them “the latter”.The Telegraph 20 Jan 2019
May’s naked desperation, utter incompetence and bankruptcy of ideas would, if there was any decency remaining on the right in Parliament, long ago have seen her resign and ask the Queen to dissolve parliament.
But contempt for parliament and our democracy is far from the most damning aspect of this revelation, as the Tories once again show themselves perfectly willing to gamble lives, peace and security on a huge scale for their own narrow purposes.
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