Time to ditch Brus­sels and go for WTO

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

IT was a sorry sight to see our own prime min­is­ter hu­mil­i­ated by the other 27 mem­bers of the Euro club last week in Salzburg.

The or­ches­trated con­dem­na­tion of her Che­quers pro­pos­als by the other lead­ers was a dev­as­tat­ing re­buff.

Only the Hun­gar­ian PM seemed to show any sym­pa­thy, and he is cur­rently re­garded as some­what of a pariah by the rest.

I can­not un­der­stand why Mrs May went there in the first place to try and sell a plan that she must know will not get through her own Par­lia­ment in its present form.

Fresh think­ing by ex­pe­ri­enced strate­gists is now re­quired to save both Mrs May and this na­tion from fur­ther hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Michel Barnier has not budged from his po­si­tion from day one. He dares not al­low his red lines to be crossed, for the great Euro­pean fear is that other mem­bers may wish to fol­low the UK.

The British Gov­ern­ment has made con­ces­sion af­ter con­ces­sion which re­sulted in last week’s hu­mil­i­a­tion. David Cameron came up against the same brick wall – and that cost him his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

In the in­ter­ests of Great Bri­tain and busi­ness in gen­eral our Gov­ern­ment must in­di­cate that there will be no fur­ther ne­go­ti­a­tions, and that we will be adopt­ing WTO rules with no ques­tion of any di­vorce pay­ments.

This, if noth­ing else, will give cer­tainty to busi­ness, for we will know how to plan for the fu­ture ac­cord­ingly. Such a move might just bring about a change of heart in Brus­sels, but I some­how doubt it.

Time for a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and one that hope­fully Mrs May’s Cabi­net will back, for what­ever pol­icy is adopted (and Che­quers is now dead) it is es­sen­tial that she gets to­tal sup­port.

Un­der no cir­cum­stances must she lay her­self open to such hu­mil­i­a­tion again.

If WTO is the cho­sen way for­ward, then some mem­bers of the Brus­sels club may well rue the day when they de­cided to gang up on a British Prime Min­is­ter. Rus­sell Luck­ock is chair­man of Birm­ing­ham press­ings firm

AE Har­ris

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