My #Remainer’s Diary Day 438: there were reports that “officials close to the negotiations” were saying there was broad agreement on a framework for the UK to settle the accounting issue by paying in total around €45-55bn (£40-£49bn). Theresa May, in the Middle East, refused to confirm or deny this. The rumour was greeted with fury, consternation, etc by Brexit fanatics and with mixed feelings by Remainers, who at least had the satisfaction of seeing opponents confounded and squirming. This not what the people were told would happen. There was no suggestion in their pre-referendum campaign, no warning. The huge lie on the side of Vote Leave’s bus is still vivid in our thoughts.
Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: “Around £45 billion would appear to be the price Johnson and Gove et al are willing to pay for a deluded vision of an imperial Britain post-Brexit.
“This vision already sees the UK with higher inflation and debt, falling investment and less influence in the world.
“And this acrimonious divorce settlement will merely be the down-payment.”
Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian: “But, boy, what an unforgivable waste of money.
“We’ll be paying this money for the privilege of not being in the European club… Now we’ll be forking out £50bn for nothing, for the right to sit in splendid isolation – cut off from our closest neighbours, trading with them on inferior terms that will cost us dear.
“Chuka Umunna is right. This bill will stand as a “whopping great symbol” of the false prospectus on which Brexit was sold… The Brexit that leave voters were promised is impossible – and this reluctant concession by May confirms it.”
Neil Unmack of Reuters commented: “Britain is playing a weak hand badly in the Brexit poker game…
“Settling the Brexit bill… should have been the easy part…
“Yet Prime Minister Theresa May has taken eight months to bow to the inevitable. Pandering to the eurosceptic members of her Conservative party has wasted more than a quarter of the two years she has to negotiate an exit and has cost her goodwill. May has also shown EU negotiators that UK bravado… can be easily ignored.”
At a conference in Berlin on security, Michel Barnier said that the UK would no longer be in Europol, and would be leaving the European Defence Agency and that UK defence ministers and ambassadors would be excluded from international meetings with EU colleagues.
Referring to the referendum vote, he said: “To many of us this came as a great shock.
“It was a decision taken against the backdrop of a strategic repositioning by our American ally, which has gathered pace since the election of Donald Trump.
“It was a decision that came after a series of attacks on European soil, committed by young people who grew up in Europe, in our countries. It was a decision that came six months after the French Minister of Defence issued a call for solidarity to all his European counterparts to join forces to fight the terrorism of Daesh.
“Never had the need to be together, to protect ourselves together, to act together been so strong, so manifest. Yet rather than stay shoulder to shoulder with the Union, the British chose to be on their own again.”
Only some of the British, in a non-binding vote based on lies. The rest of us are being forced out against our will.
It keeps getting worse.