With a commission on the constitution due to examine judicial review – as the ‘Secret Barrister’ indicates in a recent Guardian piece:
Led by a prime minister indulged by a lifetime of never being told no, and guided by a self-styled “disruptor” with no respect for truth or the rule of law, we have an executive which, perhaps uniquely, has no intention of deferring to the courts or to parliament, or being in any way bound by the law.
And when this could begin to indicate that Britain has given up on the rule of law because government is unaccountable, other countries might begin to notice.
With Britain’s food and energy trade deficits, countries lending to the UK government, will notice their holdings declining in value because of the declining exchange rate and then lose confidence in the government itself. Should that government’s own electorate lack confidence too – and this is perhaps the only ‘disadvantage’ of widespread English comprehension, where there is no place to hide – we are hurtling towards failed state territory.
Much of our manufacturing relies on JustInTime goods and materials from the EU. Regardless of what free trade deals Brexiters promise elsewhere, delays to British manufacturing will impact exports. Even if we source these materials and goods elsewhere, transportation time, costs and administrative delays will all be substantially increased.
This was Johnson’s pitch at the election:
So while Johnson has originally resigned over the proposed Withdrawal Agreement, he’s allegedly re-negotiated it and suggested it was some sort of ‘oven-ready’ triumph. Now, having suggested that his renegotiation has in fact resulted in a much worse deal – which I think was actually kite flying – he has decided it needs merely ‘tweaking’ improvements.
Presumably Cummings might be gradually understanding that Britain cannot realistically ignore international law when we currently lack sufficiency in both energy and food…
Additionally and amazingly when the UK is trying to negotiate trade agreements, even hinting that you will throw up an international agreement or two is a self inflicted own goal. ‘Trust us’ it is not!
Regrettably that attitude sums up all Brexiters.
Never mind manufacturing – indeed the pound has again declined – isn’t food rather important, when we are so deficient in home production – particularly when the Chief Farmer himself has said on Radio 4 that 40% tariffs on either fish or sheep to the EU will be a result of no deal? He says that’s fine because we will have ‘sovereignty’.
Not only can you not eat Sovereignty but even philosophically, it is not an absolute. And even the ‘Sovereign’ currency of Modern Monetary Theory says that (see Stephanie Kelton’s, The Deficit Myth’).
We also know we cannot be sovereign when we have extreme climate events already happening and, for example, Nigeria which has just lost a quarter of its rice harvest. I do trust that they have friends…
As David Allen Green says ‘The suggestion that a sovereign state cannot be sovereign when it is party to a treaty is inherently absurd, as the modern notion of a sovereign state is that it is a state capable of entering into a treaty.’
Cummings is supposed to be a disruptor.
When we are all short of food we will understand that his work will be complete.