During a report on the BBC‘s Politics Live, Laura Kuenssberg uttered two words about Theresa May’s Brussels trip that revealed what a shitstorm it really is:
It comes to something when Laura Kuenssberg describes the Prime Ministers latest trip to Brussels as “embarrassing and disastrous”.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) December 14, 2018
Although she has her moments, people don’t generally view Kuenssberg as the prime minister’s biggest critic. But her assessment of May’s Brussels trip completely cut to the chase:
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 14, 2018
Kuenssberg’s comments came amid reports that the EU rejected May’s plan to add a legal guarantee – called a “joint interpretative instrument” – which would have put a time limit on the backstop (which is an arrangement to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if a trade deal isn’t reached).
The EU also reportedly deleted parts of its draft conclusions that make May’s chance of winning a parliamentary vote on her deal even slimmer:
This is not going well. The EU has deleted some of the most helpful sections of its draft conclusions after listening to Theresa May speak. And Juncker is now telling us: "We don't want the UK to think there can be any form of renegotiation whatsoever. " pic.twitter.com/U7W95YAbdf
— Jack Blanchard (@Jack_Blanchard_) December 13, 2018
Nonetheless, at a press conference on 14 December, May painted a rosier picture of her time in Brussels. She said:
The EU is clear, as I am, that if we are going to leave with a deal, this is it, but my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion following the council’s conclusions is, in fact, possible.
How does anyone believe her anymore?
— Chris Phillips (@christwattering) December 14, 2018
Featured image via screengrab
We need your help ...
The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads.
Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion.
We have been fighting against an establishment that is trying to shut us down. And like most independent media, we don’t have the deep pockets of investors to call on to bail us out.
Can you help by chipping in a few pounds each month?