With the Conservative Party government in the United Kingdom unwilling – or unable – to reach a reasonable withdrawal agreement with the European Union, the country’s ministers and politicians have once again resorted to claims of anti-UK plotting by the EU to explain away Brussels’ rejection of London’s half-baked Brexit plans. Here is The Sun newspaper offering up some Pyongyang-style hysteria for Britain’s tabloid readers, blaming German conspirators in the European Commission for the worsening cross-Channel impasse:
BREXIT Secretary Dominic Raab has accused EU chiefs of twisting the Irish dilemma and plotting to break up the UK as punishment for leaving.
Brussels proposals for a customs border between Britain and Northern Ireland were rejected by Theresa May — sparking the current impasse.
He told The Sun: “If you walk around the corridors in Brussels, you hear all sorts of mutterings about how the UK must be penalised for leaving the EU, and the politicisation of Northern Ireland is part of that…”
Cabinet members are pointing the finger at Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr.
Top Tories think the German secretly wants the reunification of Ireland…
Meanwhile, fellow Tory MP David Davis, the previous Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has put forward a similar paranoid explanation for the political indecisiveness gripping the UK in the right-wing Evening Standard:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is leading moves in the European Union to stop Britain being “seen to succeed” from Brexit, David Davis claimed today.
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard, the former Brexit Secretary said only French president Emmanuel Macron is taking a harder line against the UK. “Other than Macron, Merkel is the most emphatic in Europe about us not being seen to succeed,” he said.
The xenophobic Express newspaper features much more of this paranoid thinking by other equally ignorant Conservative Party politicians, including the claim that “...issues over the Northern Irish border are being used by the EU to “punish” the UK for leaving the bloc” and the insistence that “the Irish border issue should stop being “weaponised” by MPs to aggravate the ongoing Brexit negotiations“. A somewhat ironic statement given that the British government will be literally militarising the border around Britain’s colonial outpost in the north-east of Ireland in the event of a hard Brexit.
If knowingly deceitful conspiracy theories and fake news are all that the UK can come up with by way of treaty negotiations with Europe then it is heading for an era of self-imposed isolation from its former partners and allies.