WHAT more incentive do we need, after the EU’s latest pig-headed intervention, to invest billions immediately in preparing for a “no deal” Brexit?
Forget about waiting till the New Year. What for? It is time we took Brussels’ stonewalling seriously. Every day we dither strengthens their position.
The Sun would much rather we ended up with the deal outlined by Theresa May: a two-year transition followed by a free trade agreement. But it would be disastrous if we were not ready to walk away from some dodgy settlement they offer us at the last minute.
And that is clearly their strategy. As Denmark’s finance minister admits, Brussels is playing “a game” and should crack on with negotiating a mutually beneficial deal while there is still time.
Instead yesterday they pretended they still needed further progress from Mrs May — and stalled further. We always knew the EU would negotiate hard. We underestimated their petulance.
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget next month needs to contain dramatic new ideas to fix the country’s problems.
But it must also make our Brexit fallback position a reality.
THE war between allies of Mr Hammond and Boris Johnson must end right now.
The public may sympathise with a Prime Minister with a cough. They have not one moment’s patience for squabbling Tory Cabinet Ministers.
Nothing will do their party more immediate harm than for such spats to go on. With one possible exception: sacking or demoting the Foreign Secretary against his will would be suicidal.
Remainers may want to see the back of Boris. But he is the Leavers’ champion in the Cabinet. The “red lines” he set out in The Sun are a common-sense position the vast majority of those 17.4million voters would back.
They will be as disappointed as us yesterday to see Theresa May give a little more ground on one — over accepting possible new ECJ judgments during the transition. If that’s what it takes to get a workable deal, well, so be it.
But if Boris is ousted, Leavers’ rage will be deafening.
BRITAIN is one of the most tolerant and diverse nations on Earth. But there’s more we can do.
Especially when disproportionately few from our ethnic minorities get top public sector jobs. Or when they are significantly more likely to be unemployed than white people.
If discrimination is to blame it must be wiped out. So we applaud Theresa May’s drive to put the problem in the spotlight on a new website.
What’s more crucial is seeing new policies that tackle the prejudice.