Question Time and Dianne Abbot: Lack of definitions?
|Diane Abbott MP|
First and foremost, this is not just about Diane Abbott. Yes, she felt that she was unduly treated, but the essence of the problem is the lack of well defined answers. Given the lack of precise answers, people get exasperated. Merely attacking Prime Minister Theresa May without specifically saying what are the alternatives proposed or what exactly the Labour Party is willing to compromise on will generate exasperation.
The Conservative representative explained the situation with absolute clarity. If you want a deal that can be agreed by a sizeable majority, Members of Parliament will have to express in writing what they are willing to accept.
The Scottish National Party put it very clearly. The SNP doesn't want any deal. All SNP wants is to remain in the European Union. Therefore, they will never agree on any deal. If you say that Immigration and Freedom of Movement is non negotiable then those who oppose Immigration and Freedom of Movement and those who want Immigration and Freedom of Movement will not be able to agree because the two positions are incompatible.
If you want a Customs Union and a Common Market you have to live under EU Regulations and therefore you will not be able to negotiate independent agreements with other countries outside the EU. Moreover, having a Customs Union and a Common Market means having to accept Immigration and Freedom of Movement that are sine qua non requirements of the European Union.
No Deal is the default option and the logical option. With No Deal you don't have a Customs Union and a Common Market and you are able to sign up bilateral deals that will suit your particular circumstances and you are able to control immigration flows.
There was always immigration of one kind or another long before there was an European Union. People have been able to move around and go from one country into another as long as they met the minimum requirement for entry. Will Britain stop accepting immigrants when Britain leaves the European Union? Of course not.
Many Members of Parliament and not only Diane Abbott find themselves unable to provide precise answers. Despite talking about a Deal, the Liberal Democrats don't want any deal. All they want is to stay in the European Union. Those who say that they want a Common Market and a Customs Union are actually saying that they want to stay in the European Union.
Delays are just a way of playing for time with the hope of getting rid of Brexit and this is why those who want to remain are constantly talking about extensions.