A TORY AND A SOCIALIST WALK INTO A ROOM. NOTHING HAPPENS. THIS IS THE DULL JOKE THAT BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS HAS BECOME AS, TODAY, TALKS BETWEEN MAY AND COMRADE CORBYN (AS WE ALL EXPECTED) REACHED THEIR INEVITABLE CONCLUSION – STALEMATE.
MUCH to the derision of her colleagues, the Prime Minister had foolishly hoped that the two heads of Britain’s leading Political parties could work together to break the Brexit deadlock created by Labour’s self-serving calls for a second referendum, and her own obstinacy in trying to push through her doomed deal that delivers a remain vote in Brexit clothing.
In a letter to Mrs May, Jeremy Corbyn said that the discussions had “gone as far as they can”, blaming what he called the government’s “increasing weakness and instability”.
Theresa May said the lack of a “common position” within Labour over a further referendum had made talks “difficult”.
The prime minister said she would now consider putting options to MPs on Brexit that may “command a majority”.
But Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called the end of the talks a “very negative development”.
Brexit had been due to take place on 29 March – but after MPs voted down the deal Mrs May had negotiated with the bloc three times, the EU – pleased that remainer puppet May is doing their work of frustrating Brexit for them – gave the UK an extension until 31st October.
This prompted negotiations between the Conservatives and Labour to see if the parties could come to a Brexit agreement, despite differences over issues including membership of a customs union and a further referendum.
The forthcoming leadership contest may hopefully firm up opposition to Theresa May’s bill on the Conservative benches.
By putting the Withdrawal Agreement Bill out of its misery almost as soon as it appears, the prime minister’s critics know that she will vacate office sooner rather than later, with many already clambering into their Doc Martins to give her the boot.
But some, perhaps more pro-‘Brexit-Lite’ candidates will be keener for her to get Brexit over the line, even with a less than optimal deal, particularly so that they don’t immediately get bogged down with difficult votes. It would also allow them to make their pitch based on the future relationship with the EU rather than have to jostle for support from multiple sides of the argument.
But in a letter to the prime minister, Labour leader Mr Corbyn wrote: “I believe the talks between us about finding a compromise agreement on leaving the European Union have now gone as far as they can”, and noting (out of self-interest only, of course) that the move towards choosing her replacement meant “the position of the government has become ever more unstable”.
The terrorist-sympathising soup-dribbler later laughably said that his party had negotiated “in good faith and very seriously, and put forward a lot of very detailed arguments”, which he thought was “the responsible thing to do”.
He added: “The issue [is] that the government has not fundamentally shifted its view, and the divisions in the Conservative Party mean the government is negotiating with no authority and no ability that I can see to actually deliver anything.”
Speaking after meeting Tory activists in Bristol, Mrs May said: “There have been areas where we have been able to find common ground, but other issues have proved to be more difficult.
“In particular, we haven’t been able to overcome the fact that there isn’t a common position in Labour about whether they want to deliver Brexit or hold a second referendum to reverse it.”
She said the government would consider what had come out of the meetings with Labour and “consider whether we have some votes to see if the ideas that have come through command a majority in the House of Commons”.
Earlier, Mr Corbyn said “very little” discussion had taken place between the parties about putting a range of options to MPs to break the Brexit deadlock.
Labour’s favored plan includes a permanent customs union with the EU, meaning Britain remaining in the EU in all but name, thus destroying all hope that British citizens once held in British democracy for good. Theresa May’s deal is pretty much on the same par, only with a generous dusting of sugar.
It also keeps the option of a further referendum on the table, giving the public a say on the deal agreed by Parliament.
Both scenarios have caused anger among Brexit-backing Conservatives, who claim a customs union would prevent the UK from negotiating its own trade deals around the world after leaving the EU, and who believe another public vote is undemocratic.
Some MPs have also criticised Mrs May for even entering into talks with Labour, but the prime minister said the government had “no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons”.
The debacle continues.