Thursday, 10 September 2020

Johnson's Illegal Brexit Modifications will give Britain Two Disasters at Once

Boris Johnson has defended his Internal Markets Bill which would modify the Brexit deal he signed with the EU in January, effectively breaking international law. Again.

The EU withdrawal agreement made clear Northern Ireland is still in the UK, but must follow elements of EU customs. The Internal Markets Bill explicitly states proposals within the bill should apply, even if they are incompatible with international law. Even if they are illegal.

Either the Tories have no idea how the law works, or more likely, they simply don't care. The law is not something you can choose to obey or disobey whenever you feel like it. Rule of law is never optional, not even for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

Britain's mini-Trump does not have the authority to overrule the law because he is not a dictator, no matter how much he wants to be. Try explaining this to the idiot-in-charge who would give ministers the power to modify rules governing the movement of goods if they cannot agree a trade deal. In other words, allowing ministers to make it up as they go along and to hell with the consequences.

Johnson said his illegal bill would ensure the integrity of the UK internal market, hand power to Scotland and Wales, and protect the Northern Ireland peace process. He was promptly mauled from every angle, including from former Tory Prime Ministers John Major and Theresa May who reminded the beige Sir Keir how to do opposition, explaining the move would seriously damage Britain's international standing.

Major said: "For generations, Britain's word - solemnly given - has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signature on any treaty or agreement has been sacrosanct. ... If we lose our reputation for honouring the promises we make, we will have lost something beyond price that may never be regained."

I hear the Scottish government is considering legal action and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated: "The Tories' proposed bill for a so-called UK internal market is an abomination. It is a naked power grab which would cripple devolution."
Don't worry though, it's only breaking the law in a very "limited and specific way", Brandon Lewis shamelessly said in Parliament. They really are just making this up as they go along, aren't they? 
The European Commission demanded an urgent meeting to discuss the ramifications for Brexit and Michael Gove will visit EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic to discuss his concerns. This hardly bodes well, considering the latest round of negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU are coming to a close. How can these people possibly trust a word we say? I certainly wouldn't and nor would EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen who tweeted: 

"Very concerned about announcements from the British government on its intentions to breach the Withdrawal Agreement. This would break international law and undermines trust."
So much for oven-ready Brexit deal.
We really shouldn't be surprised by any of this Tory madness. We have a government that fails to respect the human rights of the disabled and ignores international treaties on refugees, led by a Prime Minister who admits to snorting cocaine and was recorded plotting to beat up a journalist. Laws don't apply to the Tories, but to be fair, they've never done anything truly terrible like that time Jeremy Corbyn wore the wrong kind of coat. Thankfully, they're not that monstrous, they just want to sell bits of your NHS to Trump while pretending it's not happening. Ignorance is strength and all that.

I doubt even the most ardent Tory critic (which would be me!) could've imagined their 2019 general election victory would be this ruinous. These maniacs look set to usher in an actual apocalypse.

This bunch of charlatans who gave us a decade of austerity hell, who are overseeing a Covid disaster, who ignore lockdown rules and blame the public for a rise in infections, are also overseeing Brexit and doing as bad a job as humanly possible. They are about to give the UK two disasters at once, and while on the face of things, it may seem they've no idea what they're doing, in many respects, it boils down to the fact they don't give a crap. The Tories will do whatever they want and you will suffer the consequences. Not content with giving us Europe's highest Covid death toll, they now want to devastate our economy and destroy our international standing. 

It might take Britain decades to recover from Boris Johnson, but at least Corbyn's not giving us free broadband...

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