'Theresa May plans to print five pledges on Brexit. Here’s how to spot their fakery, says Bruce Newsome.
Theresa May plans to print millions of cards with five pledges on Brexit (a ploy copied from Tony Blair’s election campaigning). Here is my prediction of her top five false claims, and how to refute them.
False claim 1: This is democracy
Theresa May has always claimed that her top priority is to fulfil the democratic will expressed at the referendum in June 2016, but she has bypassed and misled our institutions.
She frittered away the first 18 months with no policy at all. In December 2017, the EU claimed that it wouldn’t negotiate unless Britain promised to pay a fee after separation. Without any policy, without consulting her Cabinet or Parliament, without any mandate from her manifesto of 2017 or the referendum of 2016, she signed away about £40 billion.
Her first Cabinet meeting on Brexit policy came later that month, but did not agree anything. She retained personal control, except to delegate to a favoured civil servant with no formal expertise (Olly Robbins).
She excluded her own Brexit Secretary (David Davis), who was as ignorant of her plan as the rest of Cabinet at Chequers in July 2018. In November, she surprised Cabinet with her draft agreement for the interim period after separation. Her second Brexit Secretary was largely ignorant (Dominic Raab), so he resigned the next day.
May keeps cutting out Parliament too. Her government is in contempt of Parliament for not publishing the legal advice that, she claims, justifies her ridiculous promises for her draft agreement. I have lost count of the number of times she has misled Parliament, of which the most egregious is her claim that her agreement would take Britain out of EU jurisdiction.'
Read more: Spotting the fakery in May’s forthcoming Brexit
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