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Theresa May’s soft Brexit plan continues to fail, as EU now pushing for UK to leave (Video)

Theresa May’s soft Brexit plan continues to fail, as EU now pushing for UK to leave (Video)

Theresa May’s soft Brexit strategy has been such a monumental failure that even Brussels negotiators are now pushing for the UK to simply leave the union, in what has becoming a British debacle, and a thorn in the Conservative Party’s side.

Many media pundits and analysts are now asking if the latest impasse in Brexit talks means that we are indeed seeing the last days of Theresa May?

While much of the mess the Conservative Party finds themselves in because of Brexit is squarely Theresa May’s fault, much of the damage done by May’s inability to close the deal on Brexit will not go away, even if she does.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Theresa May’s continued failure to obtain her soft Brexit dream, placing herself (and her Conservative Party) in such an embarrassing position, that European Union negotiators, tired of never ending talks, are eager to see Britain go away, in what will be an inevitable hard Brexit.

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“Are these the last days of Theresa May?”, authored by Stephen Bush via The New Statesman:


Are these the last days of Theresa May? This morning’s papers are full of stories of plots and ultimatums to the Prime Minister unless she changes her Brexit strategy, whether from her Scottish MPs over any extension of the transition period due to concerns over fisheries policy, from her Brexiteer MPs over the backstop or from her Cabinet over practically everything.

All this before the Budget next Monday, when Philip Hammond is going to have to find some way to pay for the extra cash for the NHS and Universal Credit all while keeping to May’s pledge that debt will continue to fall as a share of GDP. So added to all May’s Brexit woes, a row over tax rises could be coming down the track.

Of course, the PM’s position has been perilous for a very long time – in fact, when you remember that her period of hegemony ran from July 2016 to June 2017, she’s actually been under threat for more of her premiership than she hasn’t. But just because you roll heads 36 times in a row doesn’t mean your chances of rolling tails aren’t 50/50 on roll 37, and May’s luck could well be running out.

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But while May shares a good size of the blame for the mess that the Conservative Party are in, it’s not all her fault by any means and none of those problems will go away if May is replaced or changes tack to win over her internal opponents in the European Research Group.

Ireland has a veto over the end state and only an indefinite and legally binding backstop for the island of Ireland will do if any deal is to be signed off. It’s true to say that no deal also means a hard border on the island of Ireland, but it’s also true that it will always been in the political interests of whoever is in office in Ireland for a hard border to be imposed as a result of no deal rather than for the Irish government to acquiesce in the creation of one through a EU-UK treaty.

The DUP can bring the Conservative government to an early end so they, too, have a de facto veto over any deal that creates barriers between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. But the only UK-wide solution – for the backstop to encompass the whole of the United Kingdom – is nothing doing with pro-Brexit Conservative MPs who don’t want an indefinite backstop. It’s also politically tricky with many EU member states, who don’t want the default outcome of the talks to be a UK-wide backstop, which many regard as a threat to the sanctity of single market. (The only reason why it is acceptable on the Irish border is because Ireland is still a member state and because the Irish border was both the location and the cause of political violence within living memory.)

Added to that, the Conservative parliamentary party seems to be undergoing a similar psychological journey to the one that Steve van Riel described during the 2015 Labour leadership election: that groups of any kind tend to reach a more extreme position the longer an issue is debated. Brexiteers who spent 20 years saying they wanted a Norway style deal now talk of Norway as a betrayal. Leavers who cheerily talked about making Northern Ireland into its own customs area before Brexit now talk of the backstop as a constitutional betrayal. And Conservative Remainers who only reluctantly backed an In vote to avoid the political upheaval of negotiating Brexit, or the loss of David Cameron, now call for a referendum re-run and privately flirt with the idea of a new party.

Some of that is May’s fault, yes. But none of it is going to go away if she does and all of it makes the prospect of reaching a Brexit deal considerably less likely.

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Amanda Momtazi
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Amanda Momtazi

Hum….That’s not the way we see it here in Britain on the ground. What we see is just play-acting on both so-called sides which are in fact, the SAME side. May was “chosen” by the elite to be the ultimate loser who screwed it all up. “Casting” for a play (or farce, in this case) is ALL important and it is imperative that the actor has to LOOK the part which makes them much more “believable.” May certainly looks the epitome of a physically weak but arrogant and rather “silly” person. Outwardly, without speaking, she exudes “uncertainty.” When speaking she… Read more »

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You can call me AL

I totally agree with you, I THINK. Regards the British Exit, 1. do you think it will happen ?, 2. do you think it should ?, 3. Either way, do you think the whole thing is a stitch up ?, 4. If we are finally out or remain in, have you ever thought of the ramifications internally, withing the UK ? and 5. What do you think they will be ?.

I am not being anything but honest and frank; I am just interested in a.n.others view, as mine are so strong.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

It has been sorted, however I do wonder what will happen when the White Helmets return home, together with their new skills. I do go on about ‘Common Purpose’, plus, the interests of the ‘Brothers Bell’, but, they seriously link in with everything. Going back to when ‘Brother Tim’ was Maggie’s adviser, before he ended up working for the National Coal Board, on their media strategy, during the Miner’s Strike. Didn’t the Polish Coal industry do well, from the old ‘miner’s strike’? Didn’t the North London boy do well, ending up founding Bell Pottinger. Didn’t the Pentagon provide them with… Read more »

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AM Hants

My reply to both you and Amanda Momtazi are in moderation. Not sure what sins I carried out. Links: Brexit coincides with India’s and Pakistan’s entry into the SCO by Alfredo Jalife-Rahme… http://www.voltairenet.org/article192705.html 27 YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL The Brexit reshuffles world geopolitics by Thierry Meyssan… http://www.voltairenet.org/article192607.html Did mention Com mon Purpose and the Bell Brothers. Brother Timothy, ‘Bathroom flashing Hampstead Common’, who advised Maggie, plus, got a life peerage from Tony, plus, $500 million from the Pentagon, for those lies, back in 2003. Together with Brother David, who founded Com mon Purpose, for failed politicians.… Read more »

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You can call me AL

I cannot uptick you either. Strange site. Nice comment by the way.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

With regards May going off script, she reminds me of Obama, programmed the same way, when following the script, but, when they lose it, as you say, stutter, faulter, computer meltdown. Did you ever watch ‘Max Headroom’, in the 80s? Teleprompter Hell: Obama Communication Disaster Compilation… https://www.politico.eu/article/graphics-how-the-uk-voted-eu-referendum-brexit-demographics-age-education-party-london-final-results/ Max Headroom, The Best Bits Ever!… Theresa May dances on to the stage at the Tory party conference… The wonders of Bilderberg Programming. Not forgetting May’s husband (British Investment Relationship Manager) and how it affects his monthly bonus. He is seriously doing well out of the Syrian crisis, especially when the UK tries… Read more »

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As Alexander Mercouris correctly pointed out shortly after the Brexit vote, due to the binding agreements and legislative requirements there can logistically be no other Brexit from the EU other than a ‘hard’ Brexit. I hope Corbyn is preparing for his ‘Trump’ moment because, as sure as night follows day, the establishment is preparing the mother-of-all demonisation campaigns to stop him from taking the reins.

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AM Hants

We were asked two things, but, were told we did not understand what was asked. Those who voted BREXIT, were the stupid ones, who understood so little about the campaign. Really? ‘… In the UK only 36% of 18­24 year olds turned out to vote while 83% of people over the age of 65 turned out to vote…’ ……………….. What did we not understand, out of these two, simple, questions? BREXIT – leave the EU and go back to full independence. REMAIN – stay in the EU and be dictated by the EU. …………………. The majority voted BREXIT, in accordance… Read more »

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

Theresa May is in way over her head and should exit expediently and go back to her days of freedom from the rigors of politics with which she never could cope.

Perhaps she is more qualified to be an actress! Bon Voyage Mrs. Soft Brexit!

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

The first thing Theresa May did after the referendum was to call a completely unnecessary general election, which she had promised not to do, and in which she lost her majority so she became dependent on the DUP. This is an absolute disaster because the DUP will not accept any kind of customs border in the Irish Sea. In fact what the EU has proposed is not really a customs border, just an increase in checks which already happen. Perfectly acceptable I would have thought if what you want is a soft Brexit. But Theresa May does not want a… Read more »

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