Theresa Mays spells out consequences of Brexit for the first time at a campaign speech in Leeds on April 27, 2017:
“This election, I think, is the most important election this country has faced in my lifetime.”
And why should that be? If it is because of Brexit, the government has wasted enough time since the EU Referendum, and in the run-up to Article 50, and since, and will waste more time with this election instead of doing their homework, and spell out the options and consequences in detail.
“And in this election, every single vote will count.”
Every vote counts in every election we should hope.
“And every person in this country has a positive reason to lend me their vote. Because this election is not about who you might have voted for in the past. It is about voting in the national interest.”
It is complete and utter rubbish to say that the programme of one party in a democratic election is of national interest, and all the others are not.
Theresa May against national interest
What is ten times worse however is while everything elected politicians do is supposed to be in the national interest and without saying, when they do speak about national interest, it is usually neither in the national interest nor in the interest of the majority of citizens nor in respect of minorities: They want to overstep their limited mandate with the most ludicrous excuses for e.g. illegal wars, human rights abuses or other constitutional violations.
“It is about voting for the future.”
“And every vote cast for me through local conservative candidates, in cities like Leeds, and up and down the country will strengthen my hand as I sit around that negotiating table with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe in the months ahead.”
Theresa May overplays her negotiating hand
- To represent the UK, one does not need a new election.
- Negotiations about the nitty-gritty details will be mostly by technocrats along the negotiating lines set out. European heads of state or government have other cats to skin, and we have to see if and when they will convene.
“And we’ve seen from Chancellor Merkel today, we’ve heard her comments today, we’ve seen that actually there will be times when these negotiations are going to get tough.”
The prime minister is somewhat deluded about negotiations and is not sincere about them with the public:
Not everything is negotiable
- Previous commitments of the UK are not.
- Citizens rights should not be negotiable. But the UK government wants to negotiate them, not the EU.
- Many other points beyond “leaving the EU” could be negotiated like membership in the single market, customs union and many more, but probably will not because the UK government decided otherwise like leaving the single market.
The fine difference between punishment and self-inflicted harm
Consequences in all these areas are self-inflicted. Bizarre to call these punishment as many Brexiteers do.
“Yet, our opponents are already trying to disrupt them.”
The only disruption we can observe right now is due to Theresa May who called the snap election. It will disrupt the government doing their homework and the beginning of the negotiations by at least one month.
“At the same time, as 27 other European countries are lining up to oppose us.”
Mrs May forgets that it was the UK who voted Brexit, not the EU.
The UK government chooses to line up to oppose the EU.
“And that can mean only one thing:”
“It will mean uncertainty, it will mean the risk, it will mean us not being able to develop and grow our economy, fewer jobs, higher taxes, more debt, and more waste.”
The consequences of Brexit
May spells out for the first time what she thinks the consequences of Brexit are.