While it has only been 18 days since posting my last Brexitwatch episode, a lot has happened in the interim as one might expect, given the UK is meant to leave the UK, deal or no deal by the end of this month (although Parliament has mandated an extension has to be asked for by “dead in the ditch” Boris if that were the case).
Media is full of news as to what is going on and I see no reason why I should regurgitate this. I fully expect even when I post there will be some startling new development. Boris has now declared his new proposals, especially regarding the Irish question which under Teresa May mark 1,2 and 3 would have meant we would be under EU control, an unacceptable prospect for “hard Brexiteers”. While it may well bring some round to a new deal (assuming the EU agrees) there is much water to go under the bridge before it happens.
The big news has been the Supreme Court has declared the decision of Boris to prorogue Parliament to be unlawful. As I am not legally qualified, I cannot say one way or another if they are right. My belief is they aren’t, not helped by not having a written constitution or these matters fully addressed in law, yet I am a believer in the separation of powers. My sadness is having been let down by the legislature and the executive, the same may be the case with the judiciary. Whether this has had positive effects as a result of Speaker John Bercow recalling Parliament, I doubt and the confusion and toxic atmosphere that we have seen ever since the proposal to exit the EU has been brought before Parliament, continues. Looking at the party conferences that have taken place, all have kept broadly to script although in the case of Labour, even more confused. While I wasn’t that taken with Boris speech to the Conservative conference yesterday, he was still better than the other non BP leaders. Personal attacks of Boris have increased, as might be expected, especially when the Supreme Court decision was handed down. While the man has glaring faults I don’t believe he lied and do admire his resolve to get Brexit done and get on with addressing other pressing issues.
Early indications are that while Boris’ proposal has been politely received, there is a good deal of disquiet ranging from the Irish to the French if latest BBC interviews I have listened to are to be believed. I get the impression that the Brexit Party under Nigel Farage is skeptical when it comes to believing what Boris is proposing will deliver a clean break Brexit, seeing it as a fudge and a compromise too far, fearing Boris will be selling us out and our continuing to be beholden to the EU, all for a quiet life, even though the more hard line euroskeptic wing of the Conservative Party as well as the DUP seem to be at least mildly enthusiastic. As for the opposition parties they seem quite anti in their responses, but then that is hardly surprising. We are still a long way from saying with much surety what will happen next and it is a matter of watch this space, and we won’t need to wait long! Personally, and mindful this like most other options that have to my knowledge been discussed is unsatisfactory, I am for “no deal”, unless the unthinkable happens – a deal that allows a clean break. One thing I know: God only knows.