Now that we have a working government again, some sensible approaches seem to be emerging.
Boris’s ultimatum to Brussels: Johnson introduces new clause to Brexit bill that rules out delaying departure from EU rules beyond 2020 by LAW – but raises the risk of leaving with No Deal
Good. The idea that we should enter negotiations without the opportunity to get up from the table and walk away is insane. Even more insane is making the idiocy public.
Now, Johnson can play hardball with the bureaucrats of Brussels and that is a good thing. There is a deadline – meet it or not, but after that, we go, deal or no deal. That’s the way it should be done.
A Downing Street source said the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would ‘legally prohibit the Government from agreeing any extension’ to the transition, which takes effect once the exit legislation is passed.
It means that the transition period – during which free movement and EU laws continue to operate – will definitely end in December 2020.
There is, naturally, much weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth (*teeth will be provided) and rending of garments. But given the damage they have done this past three and a half years, I really, really don’t care. Let’s just get the fuck out.
*Well done if you get the reference.