At the heart of Westminster, there is now talk that the Prime Minister’s chief negotiator for her EU backstop deal, Olly Robbins, thinks the deal is a bad outcome.
These Remainers are a bit slow aren’t they? Any Brexiteer worked that out as soon as it was announced.
This revelation has been made apparently in a secret letter; this has strengthened the calls from opposition MPs for Theresa May to publish the legal advice she received and yet refused to do so last week despite further calls from her own MPs.
Olly Robbins called it a bad outcome for a number of reasons, it seems. Some would concern staunch remainers, such as inability to share security arrangements, problems with the Irish border, while the rest of us will rightfully concern ourselves with the potential absolute loss in our Parliament’s sovereignty.
Before musing if this ‘Bad’ deal is as bad as it seems and digging into our ‘un-codified’ constitution, I thought we would briefly examine why the PM is so keen to keep the legal advice from her MPs, the opposition MPs and the public. What exactly has she to be concerned with?
If strategy is the name of the game at Number Ten, the PM and her team will be briefed by advisers and the mandarins that there is no advantage to go public with the legal advice. We can safely assume that the advice she has received is not good for those of us who want to the leave the EU in full.
But let me reassure you and even our PM, this is not necessarily the case. As indeed, with all constitutional matters, which are in permanent state of flux and evolution; things are not so concrete or binding.
It is claimed that this backstop deal could leave the UK forever at the mercy of the EU and unable to change our course. This is simply not a correct interpretation, perhaps of the details within the May’s deal, but certainly not in terms of our constitution.
The good news is that our Government, present or future, can change their mind at any time: like the people it represents, it follows the law under consent. For example, we could elect a new government in a General Election with a mandate to scrap any deal, arrangement, law or treaty.
The bad news is unfortunately the same; we have to elect a government that will abide by the wishes of the people. Until the public realises that, the bad deals will still keep coming until someone with the courage and conviction we all yearn for in a leader and government comes along and saves us from this purgatory.
This deal is all about our consent. The PM cedes our consent to the EU. We just need someone who will cede our consent to the EU no more, it really is that simple (I say simple; many hours, days, weeks over years researching our un-codified constitution has gone into this).
My advice to May is to publish the legal advice, for it is likely to be given from the perspective to keep us tied to the EU and considering who she receives the advice from, that is very likely. But if it is made public, it can be contested and set straight.
But I won’t hold my breath.
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