Registered On: September 7, 2015
I can tell you work in PR, Bucks. It takes so much spin to regards a miniscule gain in fishing as some great win when the EU will still get most of our fish stock (https://twitter.com/MartinDaubney/status/1343147201112010753). Are we supposed to be jumping for joy at such a meagre compromise on the EU’s behalf, especially when fishing is such a small input to our economy? I mean, I get that it’s not all about the economy, the fishermen’s jobs matter too, but this does little to solve any of that issue for our favour, as was once argued by the Brexiters. The Brexiters, who have flip-flopped, are now selling this meagre gain as some great benefit, showing their disdain for those they claimed to care for. Do you think the fishermen care greatly about a small rise when they wanted complete control of fishing rights in the oceans? This deal still has the bulk going to the EU. I am not arguing it shouldn’t, these things are complex, but when Brexiters argued it needed to be in our control it’s a bit rich for them to be jumping for joy at a deal which doesn’t deliver what they promised to fishermen.
It takes a lot of spin to make out the gains of our services to the EU, which make the bulk of our economy, as some great win. The argument was once how we could get deals equivalent to the Single Market, because the EU would buckle to our demands as they need us more than we need them. Now it’s all about how this deal is great, because we need to save face, and let’s ignore how it doesn’t come close to matching what we hade before. We need more bureaucracy to ensure no tariffs are put on trade, time after time the UK had to extend deadlines to ensure a deal, not the other way round (showing who had the upper hand) and we pretend it’s great all round because now we can stop squabbling, as if a lot of that wasn’t driven by Brexiters refusing to engage with the EU project and couldn’t be avoided by any other means. It also presumes that the same people who have whined for 40 years are going to just accept that any negative is going to be their fault, not that of the EU or remainer saboteurs. John Crace has it bang on. The Tories are desperately trying to kid themselves that this is what they wanted because it suits party unity over what was actually promised. The country can go to rot so long as the Tories can stay together:
I eagerly await the Brexiter arguments about how we need to distance ourselves from ties made with the EU through this deal because it favours them too much (EU sabotage being blamed), just as we needed to distance ourselves from the withdrawal agreement after initially harping on about its greatness to own the remainers.