Appearing on the BBC’s daily Politics Live show Alan Mendoza, the Executive Director of the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society and a newspaper columnist with the City A.M. in London, offered this piece of advice to the United Kingdom’s government on its stalled efforts to move the country beyond the Brexit impasse created through its confused and inept negotiations with the European Union – including Ireland – since 2016.
“One of the best things that I’ve seen recently is the idea that you don’t go to Brussels. Instead, you go to Dublin and you literally do a deal with the Irish.
Whether you bribe them or threaten them, one way or the other, to get them into position where they’re the ones who drop the opposition to the backstop and that enables the Europeans to do so.
I think the amazing thing about this is, three years in, we are still no closer to actually understanding the final possibilities than we were three years ago.”
Mendoza is a former local councillor for the ruling Conservative Party in the UK and under his influence the HJS think-tank has developed close ties with the now notorious European Research Group and other hard-right factions of the Tories, including the early anti-peace process dissident Michael Gove, the current Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. As a vocal believer in Anglo-British exceptionalism the grouping has moved from its original position that “…as the world’s most powerful democracies, the United States and the European Union—under British leadership—must shape the world more actively by intervention”, to one where Britain alone can lead such changes as a resurgent global power in paternalistic partnership with the US and in regional opposition to the EU. Which makes the HJS one of the key if lesser known components behind the “Empire 2.0” fantasies that have almost accidentally come to define the delusional core of the Brexit movement in the UK.