The Brexit Negotiations
The Brexit Negotiations
By Michael Shrimpton on June 25, 2017
As I predicted, these have run into trouble. Effectively they collapsed on the first day. Brexit Secretary David Davis, who until recently was reported, absurdly, still to be entertaining Tory leadership ambitions, was reduced to an international laughing stock as he conceded that the ‘exit fee’ will have to be negotiated before any future trade deal. The EU negotiators really smacked him about.
Not since Neville Chamberlain was humiliated by our community partner Adolf Hitler at Munich has a British politician been so humiliated over in Europe. David, who is actually quite a nice chap, has been lampooned mercilessly in the European press. However, he who laughs last laughs loudest. You have to careful who you humiliate, however.
Hitler effectively ended Chamberlain’s premiership when he invaded the rump of Czechoslovakia, pursuant to the secret protocol he had agreed with Chamberlain and the equally supine French leader, Daladier, the weakest French leader until Macron. Not much more than a year later Chamberlain, who could no more run a war than he could a whelk stall, no offense intended, was forced out. His successor as Prime Minister was the great Sir Winston Churchill and the serious business of killing Germans began in earnest.
David Davis, who whilst being a nice chap has a colossal ego and would not have enjoyed being made such a fool of, not to mention having his hopes of the top job dashed, bided his time until the weekend. On BBC1 on Sunday he delivered his riposte, stating that he did not think that a deal was guaranteed. Since any deal would be worse than no deal, this was good news.
David’s announcement was picked up by the networks, as he knew it would be. He has laid the groundwork for the formal collapse of the negotiations. Soros stooge Gina Miller got her panties in a twist, no offense intended (she is arguably the most hated woman in Britain) on Question Time on Thursday. She’s worried there isn’t going to be a deal. Good.
This is the idiot woman, readers will recall, who brought that silly legal case in a desperate effort to reverse the referendum result. During the course of that case her legal team argued in terms that the ridiculous Factortame cases, in which the courts purported to ‘set aside’ an Act of Parliament, were rightly decided – and this on behalf of a woman who pretends to believe in Parliamentary sovereignty!
Meanwhile the head of a European fisheries organisation is threatening organised piracy after Brexit, taunting us over the state of the Royal Navy. Johnny European may find out to his cost, however, that the Navy can still shoot straight, and there’s always the RAF. After 2019 the Brexit process is clearly going to move from the shouting stage to the shooting stage. We need an emergency naval building program now if we are to kill the European enemy in sufficient numbers. We won’t want to see any European pirate vessel escape.
As if the week were not silly enough already, the Sunday papers carried news of a plot by Philip Hammond to force his way into Number 10 as a ‘caretaker’ Prime Minister for the duration of the Brexit negotiations, with David Davis as Chancellor. Since David can no more add up than Hammond, with respect, it wouldn’t work.
The whole idea is open to five serious objections:
(1) Hammond is an idiot, no offense intended.
(2) He’s a Remoaner, who wants to use the negotiations to reverse the result of the Brexit referendum. He’s even been reported as saying that he wants to continue to crush the UK economy under the burden of the single market, at a cost of approximately $250-325 billion a year. The Tory Party would never elect another Remoaner, having had our fingers badly burnt by Theresa May.
(3) Having the hopeless, useless Home Secretary Amber Rudd replace him in 2019 would mean no fewer than three different Prime Ministers in one parliament, which would be over-egging the pudding.
(4) Hammond’s credibility has been shredded by his support for both the insane dementia tax and the Juncker Plan for an early election, and
(5) The Shrimpton Scandal is still hanging over his head. Hammond, don’t forget, was Defence Secretary when the Ministry of Defence went along with the malicious prosecution of me, and destroyed three vital pieces of evidence – my initial voicemail, their recording of their call to me and their contemporaneous note of that briefing – before sending for the rozzers. Hammond may not have been party to the decisions to destroy the evidence, which were in fact made in the Cabinet Office, but under the Crichel Down Doctrine, as the nominally responsible minister, he has to accept political responsibility for the serious crimes committed in his name by his officials. When it breaks, the scandal will finish him, not least as I am a fellow Tory. Tory Party members are unlikely to take kindly to the news!