September 21, 2018

Theresa May Grows a Backbone (Sort Of)

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

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.

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commented 2018-09-24 11:31:20 -0400
Respect her?

For what… ignoring the will of the British people?
commented 2018-09-21 21:26:23 -0400
Stephen E.—-correctly said, “She should realise her strengths and thereby resign.”
Nothing more to say.
commented 2018-09-21 18:14:29 -0400
“And we stand ready!”

Wow! I hope she keeps her new backbone.
commented 2018-09-21 14:22:37 -0400
Great commentary Jack Buckby. It is good to see Teresa May show a little backbone (normally she keeps its existence well hidden) to shine the light of encouragement and hope on an otherwise bleak situation.

As May pointed our herself in this speech, “Brexit is the most important democratic decision that Britain has ever engaged in and it must be honored.” Let’s see if she is willing to make a clean break, without a deal, if push comes to shove.
commented 2018-09-21 13:37:41 -0400
I would’t hold my breath about May showing backbone unless there is another petty attack on her as a person by the EU. Throwing the UK under the bus ism’t off her political table.

She should realise her strengths and thereby resign. Then let whomever takes over start BREXIT negations from point zero. After all, the EU has rejected everything on the table other than 38 billion pounds “compensation” – which should be the first thing off the table by the UK.

Europe needs the UK more than May realises. European leaders don’t understand that. Perhaps its time they found out.