When you think about it, before Cameron promised the referendum he should have had impact assessments done for every area of life, in every area of the UK.
Then, once the referendum was a live thing and the campaigns had started, the impacts could have been made public and preparation should have been underway in all departments. Perhaps it would have dispelled the nonsense of £350m a week to the NHS.
Immediately after the referendum, then, the incoming PM could have been ready to start negotiations with the EU.
Cameron was stupid to think he could unite his party by calling the referendum, and arrogant beyond belief to believe he couldn’t lose it. (He did believe that. Eton boys don’t lose stuff, you see. They always get their way.)
But he was criminally negligent to order that NO preparation at all be made in any department for a leave scenario. For that negligence, he should be in court.
Not that any of this is meant to imply that I feel sorry for May.
I don’t. She knew what she was getting in to. She knew that not a thing had been done. She had, after all, been Home Secretary. Maybe she thought she was clever enough to sort it. If so she was most definitely wrong.
Or maybe she was so desperate to be prime minister that she simply didn’t care that the job was well beyond her capabilities.
But even taking all that into consideration, she’s had over two years to sort something out. (Or she would have had it she hadn’t messed about with a general election in which she lost her majority, paid a £2 billion bribe to Arlene for her support and then was stuffed when Arlene didn’t get everything she asked for.)
We are now within the last few days available for negotiations and … Well, you pretty much know where we are.
But here’s a few things to remind you anyway:
Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez reiterated in a press conference with Portuguese PM last night: if there’s no solution on Gibraltar he will say No to Brexit Deal on Sunday.
Theresa May was unable to make a breakthrough in Brussels yesterday evening with Jean-Claude Junker, despite last-ditch talks over her Brexit deal.
It might have helped if idiot ministers had told the truth.
Well, apart from the fact that it wasn’t remotely true, Ms Mordaunt, we used to have a veto, when we were full members of the EU. We could have stopped the accession.
Expert witnesses at
@CommonsEUexit have just confirmed to me that this means preferential tariff-free access for fish caught by NI registered #fishing vessels under #backstop. A significant #Brexit blow for #Scottish #fishing industry.
So, I’m assuming that, unless David Mundell has found yet another excuse (athletes’ foot always worked for me at PE), his resignation will be on Maybot’s desk when she gets in from her unsuccessful meeting in Brussels.