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New Statesman - Alyn Smith - The Brexiteers' attack on the Good Friday Agreement looks suspiciously co-ordinated

The Brexit Ultras already leave a wake of destruction behind them. The UK government told us that workers' rights would be protected after Brexit, but it transpired that it is investigating "opportunities" to cut them under the guise of boosting the economy. Last week, Greenpeace unearthed plans by a network of US and UK right-wing groups, co-ordinated by Daniel Hannan's Initiative for Free Trade, to argue for the tearing up of EU protections on food safety, animal welfare, and environmental protection as part of a UK-US trade deal.

What is emerging here is a shocking picture of the society that the Ultras want to create. A selfish society where the destruction of peace and trust is commonplace. A low-regulation, race to the bottom economy without protections for workers, consumers or animals. Even on the day Brexit secretary David Davis, not especially known in Brussels for his pragmatism, tried to reassure a Continental audience the UK will not go rogue, his party-within-a-party colleagues in the European Research Group willfully undermined him with calls for precisely that. What's still worse is that it is clear that they will try to foist this awful vision onto us at any costs. Nothing, not even peace in Northern Ireland, or the provisions of an international treaty with our nearest neighbour will stand in their way.

When they shout "sovereignty" and "will of the people", they don't mean you. They don't mean the sovereignty of the Scottish people, or of Ireland, or the will of the people who voted against Brexit and for peace in Northern Ireland. They mean their own sovereignty, over you.

they make a wasteland and call it brexit

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 05:47:22 PM EST

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