I suppose that it was inevitable. Desperate, Remoaning cunts in the UK are climbing on board the latest bandwagon in an attempt to keep us tied to the European Union’s apron strings.
Of course the UK has formally left the EU, but is in a transition phase which ends on 31st December of this year. In the light of the Coronavirus emergency, the call is going out from the usual suspects to extend the transition period beyond 2020; the Limp Dicks want it, the SNP wants it, individuals such as Lisa Nandy are calling for it. ‘It makes sense’ they bleat. A last desperate throw of the anti-Brexit dice on their part, more like.
Naturally our ‘friends and allies’ in Brussels are quite keen on the idea too. Step forward the European People’s Party group, for example. Luxembourg MEP Christophe Hansen, a spokesman for the group, claims that the UK will be ‘dealt a huge blow’ by the simultaneous shock of Coronavirus and leaving the single market and customs union. It’s all about ‘common sense and substance over ideology’, you’ll understand. The EU’s own ideology doesn’t enter into the scheme of things of course, it’s simple pragmatism, what Hansen calls ‘the responsible thing to do’. German MEP David McAllister stated that the EU has always been open to extending the transition period, because it’s worried about the UK government subjecting us to this dual disruption, and that the ball was now in our court.
Now I’d call that downright neighbourly. It’s gracious of the Brussels establishment to be so thoughtful and caring about us at this trying time, and is without doubt a demonstration of altruism at its finest. Naturally it’s got nothing to do with the vexed question of how much additional cash we’d be expected to inject into the bloc’s budget, dear me no. It’s got nothing to do with the continuing plundering of the UK’s territorial fishing waters, nothing to do with keeping us tied to EU regulations and under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice for as long as possible.
Well as far as I’m concerned the reality is simple. We’ve left the EU and we’d like a trade deal; does the EU want one or not? The answer is surely ‘yes’, because it’s in their interest as much as ours, if not more so. That being the case, the EU should stop prevaricating and knuckle down to the job of getting a deal done, and most of all, should stop pretending that by offering an extension, it’s doing US a favour.
I don’t see anything wrong with extending the trade negotiations beyond the end of this year given the current circumstances, but as for the rest, the EU can fuck off. No more trying to tell us what we can and can’t do. No more free fish, no more rule book, no more ECJ, and absolutely no more cash beyond 31st December. We need every penny for ourselves, and Boris must know that he’d be cutting his own throat politically if yet more of our cash gets put into the bottomless Brussels money pit to help bail out the EU’s mess. As the old saying goes, ‘charity begins at home’.
Nominated by Ron Knee