The BRINO media is currently congratulating itself rather than doing any real reporting — for example, the Spectator:
The Brexit deal agreed with the EU is a spectacular vindication of the Prime Minister’s approach
See also the Telegraph and Guido Fawkes.
What Boris achieved was nothing at all. Yes, he sure showed those EU shills in the media who said another negotiation could not be achieved because the EU said it wouldn’t reopen negotiations and the EU never lies. But that wasn’t hard, because they’re EU shills, not journalists.
My prediction, on the other hand, was that the EU would start negotiating at the last minute and – lo and behold! – Boris would achieve victory by getting rid of the backstop. As I’ve been saying all along, as I said with Theresa May, the backstop was always there to be taken out so the British could feel they had a victory (and if it didn’t need to be taken out, as happened with useless May, then even better). Everything else that the EU wanted remains in.
All the EU did was use classic negotiating tactics, and held firm, while the British, as befits a country that has regressed to childhood, ran around like headless chickens and showed no awareness that they were negotiating with hard bastards, and that their sovereignty was at stake.
So Boris just fell for one of the oldest negotiating tricks in the book. Possibly he knows this. Possibly the BRINO media knows this, but they think it’s all we can get. This is Alistair Heath’s view: this is not a great deal (‘We will probably remain tied into the ECHR’, for example, which is horrific news), but it’s the best we can get with things as they currently are. At least that’s honest. The Spectator pretending it’s a good deal is not. or example, Steerpike has published an article on the five good things about Boris’s deal. There’s no mention of the 40 bad things in May’s deal, and how many of them remain, from Steerpike’s very useful column of last year. I’ve very glad I’ve cancelled my (free) Spectator subscription recently, as there’s no way I’m going to pay for this sort of defeatism.
The other thing that has changed in the treaty, sorry, deal, is that the level playing field requirements (ie. you adopt our rules) have been put into the non-legally binding political declaration, rather than in the main, legally-binding, text. It is true that this is an improvement, but the same applies here as before. The EU would have put that in never imagining that even the British would be so stupid as to accept that they had to follow EU rules and regulations forever. That’s something they expected would be taken out in the end. But you can bet your sweet arse that a level playing field will be a requirement for any free trade agreement in the future, now that the EU has seen how weak our rulers are.
That’s another casualty of the behaviour of this Remain Parliament — now the whole world has had a good look and realises that Britain’s rulers are as weak as piss. We might as well have put a sign on Parliament saying ‘We’re as soft as shite, please take advantage of us’.
Update: I am prepared to change my mind should anyone who knows what they’re talking about do some real reporting on the new deal and explain why it is genuinely good. I’m going to try to read it myself tomorrow when I have time, but its not like I’m an expert on the legal nuances involved.