| Jean-Claude Juncker has been doing his best to pretend Europe is going places by gathering EU leaders in Gothenburg for a laughable meeting on ‘Social Europe’, a programme to foster greater equality, higher welfare and job growth, objectives the EU is totally unequipped for. They said that about the Euro of course, but that didn’t stop them.
The cretinous Juncker thinks it a great idea to rub everyone’s faces in more Europe, all the while, one of its most powerful members is very loudly saying, ‘no Europe’.
Brexit has ruined Mr Juncker’s party. All the media attention has been focused on separate one-on-one meetings between the British Prime Minister and her Irish counterpart, and Donal Tusk. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was reportedly deployed to lure Theresa May into committing to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, a move designed to incense the DUP, further destabilising her government.
Tusk meanwhile, was out to threaten the Prime Minister with a Canada-style trade deal if she doesn’t give up even more concessions, including open borders and of course money, the deadline for which he extended from one week to two.
A trade agreement of such exceptional scope and depth as Canada’s one with the EU may sound ideal to readers of this Newsletter – high-level of market access, no migration and sovereignty-sapping strings attached, what’s not to like? – but the PM is staking her flagging reputation on something deeper and more comprehensive, which the European Council President is using to his advantage.
David Davis has tried to remedy the situation by telling the BBC it’s time for the EU to compromise, but so long as we behave like the gift that keeps on giving, there’s no chance of the EU softening its position.
Davis himself is guilty of this. At a PR event organised by his department in Berlin last night, the Brexit Secretary told leading German businessmen a cash offering would be made to the EU in early December, just in time for Tusk’s deadline, which was yet to be revealed. It’s hard to overcome the feeling both sides are on friendlier terms behind the scenes than they let on. That’s the Establishment for you.