As the Establishment media ‘jumped the shark‘ this morning in their descriptions of Theresa May’s humiliation over the repeated parliamentary rejection of her Brexit deal as a ‘triumph’, Theresa May spouted absolute gobbledegook at PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) today to try to hide the absolute lack of options she has for persuading the EU to accept a deal she can get past Parliament.
It took Jeremy Corbyn just a single sentence cut through her nonsense – to the hilarity of MPs:
May um’d, ah’d, erp’d and terp’d her way through an answer that was mostly reference to the constituencies of Tory MPs, before finally mentioning the ‘ideas’ of a unilateral exit from the Irish ‘backstop’ – already ruled out by the EU – and of a time-limited backstop – also ruled out.
She then tried referencing ‘trusted trader schemes’ – but these are quality assurance schemes rather than customs arrangements, have been rejected as ‘disingenuous’ by haulage companies and were proposed as a solution a year ago and cast aside because both Britain and the EU recognised the need for a backstop. Most importantly, they’ve already been rejected by the EU.
In short, May stammered her way through an attempt to disguise the fact that she has not a single new idea to present to the EU – and was utterly exposed. Small wonder that she relies absolutely on the dishonesty of the Establishment media to cover for her hopelessness.
Corbyn – from a position of strength because his version of a relationship is welcomed by the EU but out of reach for May because of her hardliners – cut through the waffle ruthlessly and with humour.
The need for – and obvious sense of – a new general election so the UK can send someone who knows what they’re doing to talk to the EU – has never been clearer.
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