On 17th January 2017 Theresa May delivered a well-trailed speech outlining her Brexit negotiation principles for delivering a ‘stronger, fairer, more united and outward-looking’ United Kingdom.
May’s whole preamble of the referendum as the ‘eyes wide-open choice of citizens to leave the EU and embrace the world’ is a plain lie – and she knows it. 26% of the UK population voted for Brexit – mostly for a mix of little-Englander, racist or opportunist reasons, or to give Cameron/Osborne ‘two fingers’. And she knows too, with absolute certainty, that, however the negotiations pan out, we shall in the foreseeable future be weaker, more divided, less fair, and more inward-looking than hitherto – and she’ll need someone to blame for that (like the NHS, someone other than herself).
May’s ‘principles’ need robust challenge domestically, and a determined response from ‘Europe’.