Theresa May’s big Brexit plan is a new slogan

She’s asked us to have faith in her but the Tories don’t have faith in themselves to give us a proper Brexit plan or cost their manifesto.

In a speech today in Guisborough, Theresa May continued to put Brexit at the forefront of her campaign. Instead of attending last night’s BBC leadership debate, she said she would be busy spending the evening focussed on Brexit. This is, of course, despite the fact that it was May’s decision to u-turn and hold a general election that Brexit had been put on the back burner in the first place.

Still, if she was spending the evening avoiding a debate with the other leaders for Brexit, we could at least hope that she was going to finally tell us something of substance on her plans for it. Unfortunately, we just got more ‘have your cake and eat it’ rhetoric.

As Sky News’ Faisal Islam tweeted, Theresa May’s new slogan is “get Brexit right”.

We’re none-the-wiser on how she plans to “get Brexit right” especially when the information she has given us tells us we’re headed for a hard Brexit or a cliff edge Brexit. When asked about her plans, she refers us to the white paper published earlier in the year, which didn’t say very much at all. In the time since she triggered Article 50, the EU have published detailed negotiating plans and position papers on two major issues of the withdrawal deal already.

Today May said “people can have faith in me because I have faith in them”. She just doesn’t have enough faith in us to tell us her plans for securing a “deep and special partnership with the EU”, on immigration or on how the Tories will ensure “an economy that is strong and secure”.

You can see more on her speech in the Guardian’s live politics blog.

She’s lying to you

As she likes to remind us, our public services like the NHS depend on a strong economy. But nearly a year on from the referendum, we’re in a situation where inflation is rising, real pay growth is slowing, house prices are falling and the UK is now the worst-performing advanced economy in the world. The Independent reports that before the Brexit vote, the UK was outgrowing Germany, Japan and the US. Oh, what a difference a year makes!

We could still believe that Theresa May is the best person to “get Brexit right”. But it’s her insistence that “no deal is better than a bad deal” that tells us different. It’s also her inflexibility over the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice that most threatens a trade deal with the EU.

And her commitment to cutting net migration to the “tens of thousands” will not just make a trade deal with the EU more difficult, it also hampers potential trade deals with other countries. Both India and Australia have already said that they would like existing immigration restrictions loosened. In any case, global Britain will have to wait as trade agreements with the EU is prioritised over the UK by both of them as well as others including the US and Japan. Research also suggests that cutting immigration will be hugely damaging to our economy.

This tweet from Seb Dance MEP sums May’s plans for Brexit:

Why should we have faith in the Tories when they don’t have enough faith in themselves to give us their plans or even cost their manifesto? And when they’re not avoiding answering questions on their policies, they’re lying about other people’s. This is best demonstrated when Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy interviewed David Davis over the leak of a draft Labour policy paper on immigration.

As we reported yesterday, not only was Theresa May’s statement that Labour wanted uncontrolled immigration a lie, we should all be welcoming the fact that they are at least considering policies. Meanwhile, the Tories threaten to walk away from Brexit talks with “no deal” whilst admitting they haven’t even assessed the economic impact of it.

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