Monday 22 October 2018

Delusions and dogma as UK blames the cliff it is jumping off

The Tories must face facts - Brexit will be a serious agreement, a poisonous fudge or no deal at all

THE DELUSIONAL PARTY CONFERENCE: Boris Johnson addressing adoring delegates at a Tory fringe meeting last week. Photo: Reuters
THE DELUSIONAL PARTY CONFERENCE: Boris Johnson addressing adoring delegates at a Tory fringe meeting last week. Photo: Reuters
Colm McCarthy

Colm McCarthy

Jeremy Hunt "compares EU to USSR and accuses bloc of holding UK prisoner" headlined The Daily Telegraph last Monday, reporting the address to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham from the UK's foreign secretary.

The speeches from Mr Hunt, his predecessor Boris Johnson, UK prime minister Theresa May and her trade secretary Liam Fox at Birmingham reveal once again the delusional mindset that has gripped the Conservative Party since the referendum.

The British public has been fed a punishment narrative that hinders the withdrawal negotiations and threatens to poison relationships in the longer term between the EU and its soon-to-be ex-member. The UK has not been expelled from the European Union, it has signed itself out, a facility not available in prisons or in the USSR.

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