Don’t Call May’s Brexit a Compromise
May has been a stunning disappointment. She is not Britain's next Maggie Thatcher. She could not hold Thatcher's briefcase.
"Few if any supporters of the Brexit agreement that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the European Union actually like it. Most would prefer Britain to stay in the EU. Others wanted the opposite — a so-called clean Brexit — but think May’s deal is the best that can be done. These disappointed Leavers and Remainers agree with May that her deal is a painful but necessary compromise.
Gideon Rachman offers a forthright defense of this position in the Financial Times. He argues that the priority now must be to restore some semblance of political order and stability in Britain — something that neither a sudden-stop no-deal Brexit nor a second attempt to settle the matter by referendum could achieve. He adds: “The fact that the hardliners on both sides of the debate are outraged suggests that Mrs May has found a middle ground that upsets zealots, but has the potential to command sullen assent from the muddled middle.”
This is wrong. You don’t need to be a zealot to oppose this deal. Level-headed Brexiteers (such as Dominic Raab, a minister who worked on the deal but resigned in protest over its final form) and consensus-seeking Remainers (such as Jo Johnson, another minister who quit because of the agreement) aren’t unthinking hardliners. Neither am I, for that matter. Consider me a dedicated anti-zealot, annoyingly committed to seeing both sides of any argument — and when it comes to Britain and Europe, a reluctant Remainer. Nonetheless I see May’s deal not as a painful yet necessary compromise, but as an abject failure of leadership that it is not too late to correct."
It is an abject failure. She should step down. She will not, she is seeking to undermine Brexit and hopes to sabotage Brexit in the end. This is what having the 5th column in your government looks like.
This deal which sells out Britain should be voted down. Britain should fold up tent and let the hard Brexit happen, then cut a true free trade deal with the US and the rest of the Anglosphere. The EU is dying a slow death, the Anglosphere can yet be saved, but would be better if Britain would be a part of this not just an observer.
More than any nation today, Britain needs a shot in the arm which a multinational Anglospheric free trade deal would bring. The rest of the world could use it as well.
What happens next? That is the $64,000 question.