Day 1 at the Standard, in which Journo George sticks the boot in
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The negotiations over Brexit have only just started and already we see how unrealistic were the claims made about the strength of Britain’s hand — as the account of the Prime Minister’s dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, published in Germany reveals. The bad blood continues today as the European Parliament’s chief negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, tweets, tongue-in-cheek, that Britain needs a “strong and stable” understanding of the complex issues involved. The complaints from Brexiteers that these discussions about our future with Europe’s governing elite must be kept secret is one of the many ironies that will entertain us in the coming months. The country should prepare for more tough days ahead as reality bites.
No one should assume that the referendum gave a mandate to the Government to answer any of these questions about Britain’s future. It did not. A general election victory for the Conservatives could provide more of a mandate, but only if the Prime Minister and her colleagues spell out in much more detail what their intentions are. It’s early days, but that is not happening, thanks in part to the failure of the desperately weak Labour leadership to offer a proper opposition. There’s nothing wrong with repeating election campaign slogans; the problem comes when the election campaign amounts to no more than a slogan. If you ask for a blank cheque, don’t be surprised if later it bounces.
I could never die, I'm Chuck Norris.
Fuck the Government, and fuck Boris.
Things can only get better.