By Tony Royden-
The European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, has suggested rather inaccurately that Brexitiers are indecisive about the deal they want from Brexit.
Juncker knows fully well his comments are false because the British Government knows what it wants , and it’s not what is on the table. Juncker is making it almost impossible for Britain to exit the EU without suffering as serious consequences as possible in the process of leaving. His remarks on Sunday that it was down to Brexiteers to reveal exactly what they want from the deal instead of asking Brussels to deliver solutions to “British problems”, resembles language put together for the press in a teasing manner against Britain.
”I find it entirely unreasonable for parts of the British public to believe that it is for the EU alone to propose a solution for all future British problems.
“My appeal is this: get your act together and then tell us what it is you want. Our proposed solutions have been on the table for months.
Mr Juncker said once the UK Parliament is happy to accept the deal both parties should immediately begin work on the future relationship.
He said: “If the House of Commons backs the withdrawal agreement in mid-January, then we should begin preparations for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union the very next day and not wait until after the official withdrawal date of March 29.”
“I have the impression that the majority of British MPs deeply distrust both the EU and Mrs May,” he said.
“It is being insinuated that our aim is to keep the United Kingdom in the EU by all possible means.
“That is not our intention. All we want is clarity about our future relations. And we respect the result on the referendum.
It is quite surprising Juncker can use the words unreasonable because he has been most guilty of unreasonable behaviour during the tough negotiations which he is comfortable in blaming the Uk for. Britain is in the present mess because of the ill judgement of former British prime minister to call a national referendum in which the British public marginally voted to leave the European Union. Leaving the four decades Union requires an orderly arrangement
The current problem with the proposed Brexit deal relates to the backstop on the Irish boarder, which makes Northern Ireland more tied to EU regulations than the rest of the Uk. Politicians right across the board in the Uk say this is unacceptable. It will divide the Uk from Northern Ireland, which Juncker knows is unreasonable. It divides the Uk from Northern Ireland in a destructive way that can and must be avoided.
A customs border down the Irish Sea that gives Northern Ireland a separate status from the rest of the Uk is nonsensical, and designed to politically intimidate the Uk during these negotiations. It is pretentious of Juncker to pretend that the domestic problem in British parliament is a problem for the Uk completely unrelated to Juncker’s own manufactured hostile climate hindering negotiations.
Both sides were previously in agreement to a backstop that maintained a cross-border cooperation, that is collaboration across adjacent areas across borders. They also agreed that any deal must protect the Good Friday peace agreement, which ended 30 years of sectarian conflict, known as The Troubles. Dissident republicans and loyalist paramilitaries appeared locked in an never ending disagreement as the DUP agreed to share power with their enemies. A backstop called the petition of concern under which 30 assembly members can insist on cross-community approval for a controversial decision was eventually agreed,
After all those struggles, the EU by their uncompromising stubbornness are trying to create a fresh problem in Britain that should be resisted fiercely without wavering. Juncker should be forced to first explain why a compromise cannot be made from his end in the face of mounting opposition to his wretched and divisive proposal. A proposal which is only food to bullies who want to see their feigned victims beg in distress.
The House of Commons will vote on the 585-page withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship during the week beginning January 14. Mrs May has already delayed the vote once because it faced defeat by a “significant margin” in December and promised to go back to Brussels to negotiate further assurances that the Irish backstop will never create a permanent UK-EU customs union.” The British public and the British press should keep Juncker under the microscope, to insure he does not abuse his position any further than he already has done.