Here’s a little quiz for you…
When is a Brexit not a Brexit?
Answer: when it’s Theresa May’s Brexit.
What does that mean?
It means that we shall have the appearance of Brexit while in reality all our ties to the EU will remain in place.
To quote John McEnroe, “You cain’t be serious!”
Oh yes, I’m being very serious.
Give us some examples of what you mean, then.
Easy. Already Britain is in the process of translating all the myriad EU laws and regulations which bind us into British laws and regulations where they will still bind us.
Yes, Mrs May says that free movement of populations – that the EU Shengen Agreement or, in a word immigration – will stay in place even after we’ve left.
She can’t say that!
She can and she did – yesterday. Here’s what she said about our continued accommodation to the EU:
“Once we’ve got the deal … it will be necessary for there to be a period of time when businesses and governments are adjusting systems and so forth,”
Well, there’s bound to be a period of transition.
And it will last forever.
This is dreadful – but she’ll never get away with it. Parliament will hold her to account to aim for a genuine Brexit.
But Mrs May will get around that. Indeed she did so yesterday by making her remarks about free movement when parliament is in recess and while she was out of the country.
But she promised “Brexit means Brexit”
And so it does. And “soap” means “soap.” But there’s soft soap and there’s hard soap. Mrs May’s line is in soft soap. And she has always been a Remainer, remember. What we shall end up with is the word “Brexit” but not the substance of Brexit. May will say, “Brexit changes everything” – which, being translated, means “Everything will stay the same.”