After being embarrassed by pretty much every single EU leader yesterday in Salzburg, Theresa May’s come back swinging. I know she isn’t respecting the results of the referendum – despite how often she says she does – but I can’t help but respect her a little bit.
She thinks she’s doing the right thing by the British people and she’s fighting back after being shown zero respect by European leaders, yesterday.
Tusk and others should be happy they’re dealing with Theresa and not Boris or Jacob. Or me. If they were dealing with us then they’d be experiencing hell right now. At least Theresa is trying to respect their desire to protect their Union.
In a speech today, May said that the EU must respect the UK in Brexit negotiations. She also said that it is unacceptable for either side to ask the other side to do something unacceptable – specifically, to ask one side to hurt or divide their union.
May is specifically referring to Northern Ireland. In her speech, she explained how the two options on the table with the EU are remaining in the EEA (which would tie us to all EU rules and stop us making other trade deals) or having a Free Trade Agreement which would see a customs border down the Irish Sea, effectively separating Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. May said this is unacceptable and she won’t be made to divide her country, and I respect that. She also reaffirmed her belief that no deal is better than a bad deal, which is great. I just wish her version of a bad deal was the same as mine. Everything on the table right now is pretty abysmal.
The Prime Minister also addressed the statement by Tusk made yesterday, suggesting that the Chequers agreement is a non-starter. She said:
"At this late stage in the negotiations, it is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals. So we now need to hear from the EU what the real issues are and what their alternative is so we can discuss them. Until we do, we cannot make progress."
Fair enough, Mrs. May.
You know, I’m glad she did this. Regardless of who our Prime Minister is, I don’t like seeing dictators and bureaucrats trying to make a mockery of our leader and our country.
Donald Tusk is so rude, disrespectful and childish that he used his Instagram account to mock the Prime Minister. He showed a picture of him offering the Prime Minister a cake – but apologized “Sorry, no cherries.” A reference to May’s “cherry picking.”
I don’t like that. And I suspect that’s what made Mrs. May fight back.
So come on, Theresa. Go get ‘em. And tell them it’s time for them to pluck up their ideas or deal with us leaving without a deal, and becoming the most competitive country on the continent.
It’s good to see this side of the Prime Minister come out. She occasionally comes out with some fantastic, Thatcher-esque corkers during PMQs with Corbyn. I wish we got to see that in her more often, and I hope it comes out again. Soon.