On a day that saw her government defeated three times in House of Commons votes on key Brexit issues, a new scandal has erupted around Theresa May’s dishonest and duplicitous mismanagement of the Brexit process. The Prime Minister has now been accused of holding secret weekly Brexit meetings with pro EU Cabinet ministers and civil servants of which no record has been made, sparking accusations of a “conspiracy to derail Brexit”.
Political advisers to the Government are said to have been increasingly concerned about the meetings especially as May has increasingly sidelined elected MPs on her negotiating team and delegated responsibility for negotiations to rabidly pro EU civil servants such as Oliver ‘Oily’ Robbins. Mrs May’s Government has relied upon various ad hoc subcommittees to deal with Brexit since Article 50 was triggered in March 2017. But since the controversial Chequers summit this summer the Prime Minister has held weekly off-the-books meetings with her core (i,e, Remain supporting,) advisers and civil servants present.
Of the secret gatherings, one source told the London Evening Standard: “In terms of democracy this feels like a scandal.”
Other members of May’s government are, like their boss, being caught out of lies they have told to try and hide the extent of their surrender to the EU on Brexit. Labour MP and ardent Brexit supporter Kate Hoey challened the Attorney General over comments made by the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland about the backstop arrangement if it is enforced after the implementation period. Conservative frontbencher Karen Bradley claimed last week legislation in Northern Ireland would remain in line with the UK if the Brexit backstop was implemented. Speaking in the House of Commons, Kate Hoey claimed the remarks from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland were “not accurate”.
She said: “The Attorney General has been very honest I think in the downside of this backstop. That’s even without the legal advice, so we dread what would actually be in it if we did see it.
“Could I ask him about the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who on Sunday in the Inside Northern Ireland politics with Mark Devenport, actually said ‘even if the backstop kicks in Great Britain will stick to the same rules as Northern Ireland’.
“Would the Attorney General have a word with her because she is going around Northern Ireland on a tour and saying some things which are actually not accurate, and giving the people of Northern Ireland the very wrong impression about what this agreement means.”
Mr Cox replied: “The regulatory regime in Great Britain will be a matter entirely for the Government of the United Kingdom.”
This echoed the comments made by The Prime Minister when she was questioned on the issue. Unfortunately as has now been revealed the so called backstop would leave Northern Ireland operating under EU jurisdiction and the UK could not terminate the agreement without the consent of all 27 EU member states, a move that Ireland’s government in Dublin have promised they would always veto. This is perhaps the worst aspect of the sellout deal made in secret by Theresa May (it rhymes with betray,) with the EU.
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