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Politics: Britain, Britain, Britain, land of technological achievement.

by Iain Donaldson on 3 October, 2016

We’ve had running water for over 10 years, an underground tunnel that links us to Peru and we invented the cat.  Little Britain series 1, episode 1

Having united around their new leader over the concept of a soft Brexit, Theresa May has suddenly come to the shocking realisation that she cannot deliver on membership of the Common Market and at the same time restrict the free movement of British Citizens throughout Europe to which they have been entitled for over 40 years.  This has led this modern Boudicca to a frightening conclusion that simply did not occur to the leave campaigners during the battle to restrict British freedom, they cannot both have their cake and eat it.

Many of the pro-European conservatives are finally waking up to the fact that their party has been sleepwalking this country into a major disaster as British Citizens (many pensioners) face possible deportation back to our over-crowded shores.  Will they awaken though in time to terminate Mrs May’s premiership and force upon the country an early general election?

In her opening speech to the Conservative conference the Prime Minister unveiled a far tougher stance than she has previously taken on EU withdrawal, and even directly attacked those who want a compromise deal to allow the UK single market access.  Within hours several MPs and two former Cabinet ministers had rounded on the Prime Minister, while a senior Peer warned of a revolt in the Lords.

A group of around 80 pro-EU Tories also met at a fringe event vowing to be the “resistance” against what was branded the “total abandonment and total recklessness” of a hard Brexit with pro-EU MPs urging Ms May to do everything possible to preserve access to the single market to the greatest degree possible, with many arguing for full access.

But Mrs May is now proposing to go even further than the Referendum suggested, as she how also proposes to pull Britain out of the European Court which was founded by Winston Churchill’s post war government to ensure that all Europeans are able to share in British justice.

There is no mandate for this government to take us out of the EU, let alone to end our membership of the European Court.  With just 25% of the electorate having voted Tory Mrs May has no mandate for anything, and the sooner her six vote majority is whittled away the better for Britain.

Meanwhile, she stands before the world showing the petulance of a 16 year old child with her approach of ‘Yes, but no, but yes, but no, but….’