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22 November 2022 - 16:47

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Boris Johnson won the last election on a simple promise: Get Brexit Done. As with all political promises, this had at least two meanings. First, it was an invitation for the electorate to smash the debilitating deadlock in Parliament and give the Government the mandate it needed to finally extract Britain from the European Union, albeit on imperfect terms. Second, it was implicitly a pledge that after several years of unrelenting psychodrama, the nation could finally stop thinking about Brexit all the time and focus on the day-to-day issues that affect people’s lives. Hence “levelling up”. The cost-of-living crisis means that such a focus on bread-and-butter issues is more important than ever. The word “Brexit” is not going to rally the vote as it did in the past. Yet the Tories seemingly cannot help themselves, and this week we saw yet another row, this time over the question of whether or not the United Kingdom should pursue a “Swiss-style” arrangement with Brussels. There is actually little evidence that such an offer is even on the table; the EU itself does not think its relations with Bern are a model to be replicated, for starters. But it says something about the state of the Government that after almost three years of majority rule, the debate remains stuck in that familiar rut. More from OpinionThis World Cup couldn't have come at a better time22 November, 2022Jeremy Hunt's callous Universal Credit changes only punish low income workers22 November, 2022England's players are showing more courage than the football authorities ever will22 November, 2022In theory, it ought to be a moot point by now. A UK which had made energetic use of its new legislative and regulatory flexibility – or “Brexit freedoms” – would hardly be in a position to sign any particularly cosy agreement with the EU. There would simply be too much clear blue water between our systems. However, the long-promised bonfire of European regulations kept getting pushed back. The Government has finally tabled a Bill which will in theory rip up a lot of red tape, but it has already been described as “unfit for purpose” by its own regulatory experts, who warn it has not properly taken account of the potential impact on small businesses. Even if that weren’t the case, the legislation sets such an absurdly tight deadline for reviewing thousands of regulations – the end of 2023 – that it would almost certainly end up being a rubber-stamping exercise.

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. But it’s their own fault. Michael Gove did not have to cripple Johnson’s first leadership bid back in 2016, nor Johnson to give up at the first sign of difficulty. In so doing they handed the initiative for shaping our exit to Theresa May, Gavin Barwell, and assorted other people who had not actually wanted to leave. The result was the deeply flawed Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol, the effects of which the Government is still grappling with today. But the real lost opportunity was after 2019 when Johnson was elected. Ultimately, voters do not care very much for constitutional arcana, however important they might be. What they want is a government delivering tangible results on the issues that matter to them. “Winning the peace” on Brexit was therefore never really about the details of Brexit itself, but about following it with an energetic period of good government so that voters came to associate it with a change for the better. Whether or not those changes were directly rooted in our new Brexit freedoms didn’t really matter, any more than the fact that the current crisis is the result of several long-running dysfunctions in our political and economic system coming to a head (which will prevent Brexit getting more than its share of the blame). The timing matters. If the Tories held it together to win in 2024 – perhaps Rishi Sunak is this generation’s John Major and pulls off a surprise win – they will probably be able to lock in Brexit, whatever it has amounted to. Labour won’t take office until around 2029, a decade after we left the EU, and under new and younger management less interested in re-opening old wounds. Leaving office in 2024, with Northern Ireland in crisis and so much unsettled, leaves the Opposition much greater scope to revise the deal. But if that happens, the Tories will have nobody to blame but themselves. Henry Hill is the deputy editor of ConservativeHome, a political blog that is independent of the Conservative Party

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