The European Union has performed a major climbdown on the all-important issue of Britain’s freedom to negotiate its own trade deals, with the Times reporting that chief negotiator Michel Barnier has softened his position significantly.
A new draft for a possible transition deal apparently gives Britain the right to discuss and sign trade deals with third parties – news that will be music to the ears of International Trade Secretary Liam Fox – even if we won’t be able to implement the agreements until we have departed fully from the block. Delayed implementation of global trade pacts is not what we voted for, but it is progress nonetheless.
It’s also interesting that even the European Union is quicker to wake up to the legal realities than our own Prime Minister, essentially accepting that their own demands are unacceptable while Theresa the Appeaser continues to dance to their tune.
The Sun today reports that May is prepared to submit to Brussels red tape if trade talks break down – promising to reward EU intransigence with utter surrender to their mad labyrinth of rules and regulations. Mrs May referred to the possible set-up as a “final so-called backstop” but Tory Brexiteers have one again refused to stand up to their Remainer Prime Minister, with Iain Duncan Smith naively calling her position one of “constructive ambiguity” – but when have May’s ambiguous statements ever proven to be anything other than abject surrender in the final analysis?
Meanwhile Eurosceptic sentiment is continuing to rise in France where Les Patriotes President Florian Philippot MEP is calling on Italy’s anti-establishment insurgents to begin contemplating their own departure from the European Union.
Writing for our friends at Westmonster, Philippot said “true enough, today, neither the M5S nor the Lega are clearly proposing to make Italy leave the European Union (Italeave) but they will have to come to this conclusion if they want to carry out the policies for which Italian people has elected them: to put a stop to massive immigration, to end austerity, to revive Italian competitiveness (therefore to give up the euro), and so on.”
We totally agree, and we’re sure that the necessity of full national independence will soon dawn on our brothers in Italy – just as it’s beginning to dawn on all of the peoples of Europe!
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) March 13, 2018