In less than 48 hours the Uk crashes out of the EU with no trade deal and no agreement on terms. Economists all warn that this will be a disaster for the UK.
Here is some of the language used when they persuaded the British public to vote to leave Europe, and what Boris now says.
Liam Fox, 2017
“The free trade agreement that we will have to do with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history.”
Boris Johnson, 2017
“There is no plan for no deal, because we’re going to get a great deal.”
Michael Gove, just before the referendum
“The day after we vote to leave, we hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want.”
John Redwood, just after the referendum
“Getting out of the EU can be quick and easy – the UK holds most of the cards.”
Paul Nuttall, 2017
“It will be easy to negotiate these terms, it will be easy to negotiate a trade deal, and of course, it is in European Union’s interest just as much as it is in ours.”
“To me, Brexit is easy … We have back British passports, we have control of our fishing waters, and our companies are not subject to EU law through the single market.”
Gerard Batten, 2016
“(It can be done)… in an afternoon over a cup of coffee”.
Boris Johnson, 2019
“We have an oven ready deal, put it in the microwave as soon as we get back after the election on Friday 12th Dec and get it done.”
Boris Johnson describes a no deal as “very, very likely” and claims it will be wonderful for Britain.
How did we go from Boris's promises of "sunlit meadows" and later "an oven-ready deal" to no deal and the looming shadow of economic disaster? I suppose, trying to look on the bright side, at least we will have a better chance of a fair deal with the US under the next administration.This message has been edited. Last edited by: BobHale,
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
Perhaps Boris Johnson might apply Milton's poem on broader terms:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself;
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
As well as if a promontory were:
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were.
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
Even in Milton's time, Europe and Britain were inextricably entwined.
His comment above "...we're going to get a great deal..." sounds just like Donald. They are two of a kind.
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