That May speech… and what isn’t in it… October 2, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Any concerns about the prospect of a ‘hard border’ on this particular island? They won’t be allayed by anything in the speech, because it doesn’t address the (presumably from her perspective) small matter of the only land frontier the UK currently has. Indeed Ireland isn’t mentioned at all, and the only mention of the island is a sort of cursory one:
…the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are the responsibility of the Government and nobody else. I have already said that we will consult and work with the devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, because we want Brexit to work in the interests of the whole country. And we will do the same with business and municipal leaders across the land.
But the job of negotiating our new relationship is the job of the Government. Because we voted in the referendum as one United Kingdom, we will negotiate as one United Kingdom, and we will leave the European Union as one United Kingdom. There is no opt-out from Brexit. And I will never allow divisive nationalists to undermine the precious Union between the four nations of our United Kingdom.
There. That’s it.
I hardly need point out that the rest of it – particularly the ‘vision for Britain after Brexit’ is built on bizarre optimism and boosterism and the now characteristic rhetoric that essentially argues the EU needs Britain more than Britain needs the EU. No surprise there. But really, at times it goes beyond parody. For example:
We have the best intelligence services in the world, a military that can project its power around the globe, and friendships, partnerships and alliances in every continent. We have the greatest soft power in the world, we sit in exactly the right time zone for global trade, and our language is the language of the world.