It’s getting late, but it’s time to play tough with Brussels

It’s getting late, but it’s time to play tough with Brussels

Our great battle cry when I was a student was:

“We won’t, we won’t we won’t be buggered about/ We absolutely bloody refuse to be buggered about unless we choose”

Theresa May should sing it now that we’re in conflict with the masters of buggeration, the European Union. This is an institution built on the deceit of imposing on its members an ever closer union they don’t want and now the buggeration skills it’s developed in doing that are being applied to Britain to stop the electorate’s decision to leave.

This isn’t just a question of saying “no”; the EU bureaucracy is very skilled at doing that because with 27 members to consult it’s the easiest thing to say. Now they’ve extended the art to vetoing Theresa May’s proposals, like customs co-operation, before she’s even made them.

The excuse is the same one they used to refuse David Cameron’s desperate pleas for reform to help him win the referendum: “We can’t infringe the four freedoms”. Yet they’re already infringing one by happily letting southern Europe take the brunt of the migration crisis, while the freedom of movement for services, the only one which helps us, is far from complete.

Another technique is the demand that Britain give way on three basic principles before they’ll even begin to negotiate. One is the Northern Ireland border (which they want, we don’t) which is being used for emotional blackmail to stiffen up the Republic and give it a veto while Barnier tours Northern Ireland to exacerbate the hostility of the Republicans and stir up the old divisions.

The third method is to collude with resisting Remainers, what Blair calls the resistance movement. This ranges from the flag-waving fools outside Parliament to the pomposities of a failed governing class. It’s designed to exacerbate divisions in Britain, promote soft options and make life impossible for a weak government in the hope that we’ll give up because it’s all too difficult.

To encourage this, they’ve revived Project Fear. Look at the claims that we’ll be excluded from the Galileo programme which has wasted ten billion to develop a guidance system the Americans give us for free and which can’t be used by NATO because its two strongest supporters, the Americans and us, won’t have it. That’s only one of a series of threats: no EU doctors or nurses, no landing rights, lorry queues at customs, no programmes for students, no Europol… It’s a long litany of buggeration designed to encourage despair.

The vicar’s daughter set out to play it nice, not realising how duplicitous and difficult Brussels would be. Good intentions took her into a well-prepared trap; no negotiations without a clean Irish border, which depends on the outcome of negotiations; cash upfront even while services are being denied us; and free movement of EU citizens which we’re happy with, provided Brits in the EU get the same, which they haven’t offered.

It’s getting late to play tough, but it’s essential to do so. Whatever a failed generation of British leaders think and, however much they hope to rule through Brussels because they’ve failed here, the British people won’t be buggered about. All the fears and fiddles haven’t put them off. They want Brexit settled. They won’t be humiliated. Woe betide any government, or any party, which helps the EU to do that.