Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Can we spot the bait and switch here?

Guardian headline, reported on the Today programme:

European diplomats based in the UK say the British government is stepping back from its threat to leave the EU without a trade deal if negotiations break down.

In private, say diplomats, UK officials recognise the “havoc” that this would cause, and have come to regret the threat to turn the UK into a deregulated offshore tax haven, implicit in Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech in January, when she warned that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal”.

They claim the conciliatory signals from UK government officials are an attempt to lower the temperature as the prime minister prepares to send the UK’s article 50 letter on Wednesday, triggering the start of two years of intensive Brexit negotiations.
I would suggest people carefully note the differences between the Prime Minister, pragmatic but a Remainer at heart; Her Majesty's Government, committed to implementing the outcome of the referendum; and "UK officials" who, as with much of the metropolitan class are shocked and ashamed by the evil, low information BREXITers winning.

I could indulge my cynicism further but it should be fairly obvious where I stand.

Also, I would note the pathetic whining about a "deregulated offshore tax haven". WTO rules for trade with the EU do not mean, implicitly or explicitly, a deregulated tax haven. We are, of course, offshore.

Not that being a deregulated tax haven would be a bad thing. It might get Richard Murphy out of the country for one.

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