Thursday, 31 January 2019

Scoring In Extra Time

I told you so. I said it yesterday. 

Theresa May always used to say, "The United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union on 29th March." But now she just says, "The United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union." 

And today, Jeremy Hunt has as good confirmed that there was no longer a specific date. Who is going to enforce one as "the law"? The Supreme Court? Well, there you are, then.

May is happier to meet Len McCluskey and now Jeremy Corbyn than she is to meet her own right wing. It has been confirmed that both the meetings with the unions and the meetings with the Labour front bench are going to be ongoing.

No Deal is now officially off the table, along with a second referendum. Hunt has clearly squared it behind the scenes that we can have as long as we like to come up with something else instead.

Never mind Gibraltar. That will go to some committee that will take 10 years to find a 100,000-word way of saying nothing.

No, what will most concern Spain, and France, and Denmark (and remember that each of the 27 will have an absolute veto on any deal), will be access to the United Kingdom's fisheries.

The only thing that can save those now will be if selling the fishermen down the river cannot get past Len McCluskey or Jeremy Corbyn. In point of fact, that is a very hopeful cause.

But put the belt and braces on, all the same. Another hung Parliament is coming, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post.

I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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