European Union officials are holding tight for the end of the Conservative Party conference, with reports suggesting that they expect Theresa May to surrender even further to Brussels once her annual appearance has been and gone.
The Times claims that Mrs May is likely to submit on a future role for the European Court of Justice while the so-called “Brexit bill” could expand to £40bn. European officials are said to be allowing Mrs May a chance to regain momentum within her own party by delaying the deal until after the annual conference; after a failed bid for a larger majority earlier this year and continuing chatter about her chances for survival as Prime Minister, she needs all the help she can get.
It goes without saying that continued submission to the European Court of Justice is an unacceptable betrayal of the Brexit vote last year, allowing foreign judges to continue holding sway over the UK, and supporters of paying huge sums to the European Union have yet to explain why the UK owes this corrupt club another penny after handing over half a trillion during the course of our membership to date.
The fresh reports come after it was alleged that Mrs May “took dictation” from the EU for her major speech in Florence last week. There she gave in to pressure from pro-EU forces within her own cabinet by accepting the faulty premise that the UK needs a so-called transition deal with the European Union.
She went on to engage in airy talk about the UK meeting its obligtations – which in plain English means more British money being sent to Brussels. If she surrendered this much before the conference, imagine how much she’ll be willing to give up once she no longer has to face down party activists.
Talks have continued since then and those who watched yesterday’s joint press conference between David Davis and Michel Barnier likely experienced déjà vu. Once again Mr Davis continued to insist that progress had been made while stubborn Mr Barnier continued to demand that the UK pay the EU huge sums of money in the years to come.
Luckily for Mr Barnier, and unfortunately for the British taxpayer, it appears that Mrs May is about to cave in.
Meanwhile on the European mainland Emmanuel Macron takes a page out of the Marine Le Pen playbook by taking a hard line on the out-of-control illegal migration that has blighted France in recent years. His government plans to double the legal permissible detention time for illegal migrants to 90 days, giving the administrion more flexibility to seek their removal from the country.
Macron apparently wants to introduce the new rules during the first half of next year and hopes to calm continued populist outrage about the nation’s porous borders by ramping up expulsions for illegal economic migrants. After years of impotent gesture under his predecessor Francois Hollande – during which migrants camps were emptied and razed only to pop up again months later – it remains to be seen whether Macron too is all talk and no action.