Fundamentalist Brexiteers are afraid. They will likely say they are not afraid. If this is true why are they,
- fighting against an assessment of the consequences of leaving the EU with no deal,
- using the rhetoric of war about the future status of Gibraltar, and
- making a huge fuss about the colour of the cover of passports?
Theresa May has said No Deal would be better than a Bad Deal. She has now softened her language to say she will get a good deal. Either way is is just basic risk assessment to evaluate the effects of all possible outcomes.
It was obvious all along that Spain would be concerned about the status of Gibraltar after the UK leaves the EU. Echoing Mrs Thather’s resolve over the Falklands can only be seen as inflaming things before talks even begin.
As for passports, who really cares about the colour although I might be a little embarrassed if I had to carry pink passport with baby blue polka dots.
Six Brexit supporting MPs on the 21 member all-party committee on exiting the EU voted against its report on hearings which included David Davis, the man responsible for negotiations with the EU, saying there had been no assessment of “no deal” since before the referendum.
The committee chairman, Hilary Benn, said:
Without an economic impact assessment of ‘no deal’ and without evidence that steps are being taken to mitigate the damaging effect of such an outcome, the Government’s assertion that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ is unsubstantiated. Parliament must be in an informed position to decide whether a proposed deal is, in fact, better or worse than no deal.
To oppose this argument suggests fear of the result. To many it looks like irresponsibility.
It does look as if the fundamentalist Brexiteers, are fearful they are losing the argument before negotiations start.