By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
In her recent speech in Florence, Theresa May suggested the UK should have a “transition” period after it has formally left the EU during which it would still follow EU rules and regulations, UK and EU businesses would be able to trade with each other as they do now, and the UK would pay the same budget contributions it would have done as an EU member. She indicated that this “transition” period would last up to two years — until March 2021.
After a lacklustre policy announcement on tuition fees followed by a disappointing turn on the Marr show, Theresa May’s Conservative conference has not got off to the best of starts. However, as MPs fume about their leader’s failings, members are at least managing to get excited about one Tory politician … Step forward Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Last week began with a surreal moment. I woke up to the Today programme broadcasting the unmistakable sound of a crowd chanting in ecstatic unison. Because of the previous night’s news of the neo-Nazi AfD’s success in the German elections, I immediately assumed that it was their triumphant celebration that I was hearing. Only as I focused more clearly, did I realise that the words being carolled were “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn …”
The EU’s comment yesterday that it will take a miracle to get early trade talks with the UK is not an accurate statement of the position. It would apparently take the UK offering them shed loads of money to get trade talks going. I am glad the UK is not doing so. We should pay them nothing for talks, as they need trade talks more than we do. We should pay them nothing for a Free Trade deal, as that would be against the spirit and probably against the rules of the WTO.
A misguided aversion to the single market is blinding the party leadership to the economic harm of leaving the EU
Historically, we have developed our best new ideas and talents when in Opposition. We must break that cycle, and renew our movement now.
There are two main ways people can choose to earn a living. You can sell your time to an employer, or you can sell goods and services to customers.
Once upon a time, Labour held a jamboree at which its party leader was presented to the nation as its “next Prime Minister”. That Sheffield rally in 1992 is now a textbook example of hubris, as voters responded by choosing – contrary to what the pollsters thought would happen – to keep them out of power
Our snap judgement is that Tory MPs and members are not. But there are warning signs: a fragile leader, a rusty machine – and a project that urgently needs renewal.
Merkel is back for a fourth term – a great electoral achievement. But the success of the AfD is a sign that the vultures are gathering.
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Across The Pond is edited daily by Steve Parkhurst. Steve is a political consultant, a writer at his blog as well as a Senior Editor here at US Daily Review. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveParkhurst