We all remember the childhood rhyme and the accompanying dance to the Hokey Cokey. In simple terms, you put various parts of your body in and then out, in and then out.
Although politics is in many ways slightly more complicated than mastering a rhyme aimed at children, a great number of politicians have imitated its lessons perfectly when dealing with Brexit.
Cast your mind back to the Lancaster speech.
In it, May laid out 12 points that would act as red lines that the UK would not budge from, and in which the EU would have to respect, or run the risk of a no deal.
No Customs Union, no Single Market, no rules being made in Brussels – all while maintaining a friendly relationship with the EU to support trade, security and innovation.
All Theresa May has to do is deliver what she promised in her speech at Lancaster House. She is only being held to her own words.
— Richard Sims (@simsini) 1 July 2018
It was commended at the time for putting the British people first, showing the world that the UK was brave enough to go it alone, and not afraid to stand up for its own interests.
Something has clearly happened since then and last night; where May announced a new set of plans in dealing with the EU.
In these plans was talk of a ‘free trade area’ which would, in simple terms, mean agreeing to the EU’s rules on trade.
The same was muted for agriculture, which would mean remaining tied to EU regulations, with no say on what these regulations would be.
One silver lining was tucked away at the end of the brief press release following cabinet talks, was the pledge to prepare for a no deal if the EU fails to accept the UK’s position.
The aim that May and her cabinet should be pursuing is remarkably clear: get the deal promised to us at Lancaster House, or leave with no deal.
The biggest democratic decision this nation has ever made was done so the UK can retain control over its border, money, laws, regulations and destiny.
So any half-hearted in out deal would be the worst of any world: we would be in the EU in all but name, without the right to set our own laws or regulations, and unable to influence the 27 other member states.
It has to be Lancaster House or No deal; that’s what 17.4 million voted for, that’s respecting the will of the people.
A poll of Tory voters, carried out this week, showed 46% of supporters would not vote for the party if they gave up any level of control back to Brussels during the negotiations.
Lancaster House was the will of the people because it promised to bring back control, if this cannot be achieved we leave with no deal, it’s better to be master of our destiny as opposed to some vassal EU province.
Respect this or lose your jobs.
— Change Britain (@Change_Britain) July 6, 2018