Wales is not fooled: Boris Johnson will be to blame if we crash out with a no-deal

Boris Johnson. Picture by EU2017EE Estonian Presidency (CC BY 2.0)

Hywel Williams MP, Plaid Cymru Brexit Spokesperson

As we enter the most intensive round of the Brexit blame game, we must remember one thing: the only reason Boris Johnson hasn’t got a deal is that he never even tried to get one.

This week’s blame game narrative is not new, but has been carefully crafted over years in order to absolve responsibility from those who have driven the Brexit process from the beginning.

Years before the Vote Leave campaign was even launched, Boris Johnson and his accomplices cynically, shamelessly and routinely lied about what EU membership meant and what would happen if we gave it up, from lies about rules on the shape of bananas to more sinister fabrications about the creation of an EU superstate.

During the campaign, the lies intensified, infamously promising an extra £350 million pounds to the NHS, as well as foolishly claiming that the negotiations would be “the easiest deal in human history”.

The Brexit wreckers have always treated this process as a game, and over time, it has only become clearer that it would turn into a dangerous blame game.

During his Tory leadership election campaign, Johnson argued that no-deal would only happen if “Brussels refuses any further negotiation”, planting the initial seed for his ultimate evasion of responsibility.

Now that he is Prime Minister, despite achieving a 100% loss-rate in Parliament, then orchestrating a five-week prorogation in order to dodge scrutiny – misleading the Queen and breaking the law – he incredibly still refuses to take any responsibility.

He spent weeks pretending to negotiate, claiming he was seeking a better deal but sending no proposals.

Once he finally cobbled together a few words that vaguely resembled a solution, they contained ideas that had already been roundly rejected by the European Union. Instead of creating one hard border, he wants to create two!

He strives to present his fundamentally unworkable proposal as a compromise, but it’s nothing of the sort. Johnson still seeks to rip Wales out of the Single Market and Customs Union, with all that entails for our farming sector, our manufacturing sector, and for our rights.

His latest suggestion solves none of the problems that creating a hard border in the Irish Sea will cause for Wales and Ireland.

 

Shocking

As the Benn Act has effectively made a no-deal illegal – at least at the end of this month –  Boris Johnson is now refusing to work with the EU and is instead using EU officials and head of Member States as scapegoats to mask his inactivity in reaching a deal, which would result in the UK crashing out of the EU making the situation in Ireland particularly volatile.

His divisive agenda was made clear by the aggressive way the correspondence between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel was portrayed.

The leaked source aimed to present the German Chancellor as being uncooperative by suggesting the only way to break the deadlock is for Northern Ireland to stay in the customs union and for it to permanently accept EU single market rules on trade in goods.

Of course, Johnson and his advisors know that this has always been the case, as leaving the Single Market and Customs Union is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement. But due to their complete lack of humility, they instead seek to blame somebody else.

But let’s be clear – by insisting on ignoring the Benn Act and refusing to seek an extension, the blame for a crash-out no deal would fall squarely on the shoulders of Boris Johnson and no one else.

Those who have been on the inside of Government know it to be true. Amber Rudd, the Former Tory Cabinet Minister and now independent MP, revealed in her resignation letter that she “no longer believes leaving with a deal is the Government’s main objective.”

This is a shocking electoral strategy made by Johnson which only seeks to drum up more anger towards the EU, courts, and Parliament sacrificing peace and stability for political point-scoring.

This handling of Brexit is completely unacceptable. The Prime Minister has been unclear and has shown a complete lack of integrity in his leadership during the greatest political crisis since the Second World War.

He is ready to throw anyone and everyone under a bus – regardless of what written on its side –   including his, and my, constituents. If the Prime Minister wants a no-deal Brexit he should muster whatever little courage and moral responsibility he may have and accept the dire repercussions of his actions.

We will not be fooled, if we crash out of the EU, it will not be the fault of the courts, Parliament or any other institution he may blame, but at the hands of the Prime Minister himself.

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Steve Duggan

Ultimately, it is the Tories who are completely to blame for this whole mess. To begin with the referendum should had a supermajority attached to it. It’s no surprise the country is split with a tiny 3.8% majority ! Any other country would have chucked out the result in a flash and declared the result void instantly. However here the process was highjacked by the Tory far-right and their billionaire backers from the beginning turning everything into an ideological crusade to enhance their bottom lines. Even now when the consequences have been identified by the Tories as being negative to… Read more »

John Roberts
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John Roberts

The referendum on Welsh devolution was a smaller majority

Steve Duggan
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Steve Duggan

I don’t believe you can compare the refrendums – yes both were small majorities but the consequences – no matter what the ultra brexiteers say- of leaving the EU will affect us far more than the setting up of the Senedd. Whether to keep the 45 years of close cooperation ongoing or not should never have been sujected to a simple x on a piece of paper. It was foolhardy and reckless.

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Simon Gruffydd

“crashing out of the EU” is what we voted for in 23 June 2016 – although we prefer to call it simply Leave the EU. Given that in a recent poll, some 52% prefer a WTO Brexit (aka No Deal, Crashing out, jumping of the cliff, and other FUD labels) to any other event. So if the UK government can get a clean break from the EU a minority will “blame” Johnson while the majority will praise him. What part of Democracy don’t the folks at nation.cymru understand?

Rob Bruce
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Rob Bruce

You made that 52% figure up, didn’t you?

Steve Duggan
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Steve Duggan

At what cost do you put ‘democracy’ above everything else?? Loss of Jobs, impacted livelihoods, medication shortages, tarrifs on products, farmers going out of business – all assessed will happen by the very people pushing Brexit ! It’s Brexiteer generated – ‘Project fear’ lol ! If you are so hung up on respecting democracy you will not mind a 2nd referendum, with a super majority stipulation attached, now the full facts are plain to see!

John Evans
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John Evans

have you read the actual statistics collated? I think not – the reality is that the majority of people now and since 2017 have actually supported remain – you are spouting the same rhetoric as the politicians in Westminster that sounds like sheer bloody mindedness. If you can’t change your mind then there is no democracy. Lets do it again with a super majority stipulation. You have nothing to fear if your stats are correct so lets do it again.

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Huw Davies

The bottom line is that most people vote for what they believe will make them and their family better off. The Brexit promise was that we would be better off outside the EU. £350 million a week, at least, better off,. A lot of people still believe this ‘fact’. The rest of the world doesn’t see the UK as a better bet out of the EU. Three years of a weak pound shows what the real world economists think. In the end the pound is only as strong as the faith people have in it. ‘I promise to pay the… Read more »