Apologise and relaunch

The general cry is that '˜There is no way out'. May, too, is having cake and eating.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 8:00 am

To solve this, we must forego some mutual contradictions. We must then seize this opportunity, not to oust the Tories or to put the ‘Great’ back in Britain, but to relaunch both the UK and EU.

We must apologise – first, to the EU for being semi-detached, seeking what’s in it for us, helping it to weaken its ideals, and second, to the British public for decades of damaging government, which has weakened our economic and political systems, our values, trust in our democracy, and our social glue, causing much unfairness, anger and division.

Forget the referendum’s flaws; the vote has been respected for over two years.

Advice was made a command; three top ‘Leavers’ were put in charge; information and debate were restricted; contradictions were (and still are) deferred.

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We now, at last, have a deal proposed. Considerable costs in money and influence have already been paid.

If Parliament agrees the deal, more will be paid, with ‘benefits’ deferred 50 years (see May and Mogg). If we leave with ‘no deal’, the cost will be higher, for example an eight per cent drop in GDP.

Every variation of May’s deal (new PM, Canada, Norway, Corbyn) is still having cake and eating.

Revoking the Article 50 letter and starting on the relaunch are both difficult to bring about, but are also both possible.

But they can’t work without public trust and support for the compact with the Government. The issue is whether the deal is worth the price.

Worth it? Or stay-plus? If we don’t have the ‘plus’ bit, is stopping Brexit worth it, let alone likely?

Peter Watts