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Theresa May’s statement to the House of Commons today did not reveal much – cases like this feel more of a box-ticking exercise for constitutional purposes, mixed with empty political theatre.
More revealing is the government plan to, in technical terms, absolutely tank the economy for political gain. The story, reported in the Sunday Times at the weekend and by ITV’s Robert Peston yesterday, goes that top Tories expect the withdrawal agreement to be voted down by parliament, followed by a crash in the pound. This, they hope, will spook their own backbenchers into backing the agreement.
To reiterate: that is if the plan goes well.
To be so cavalier about making us all poorer as part of a political calculation – one that is solely down to Tory party management – is a disgrace. Not only does it make people worse off, it will also feed into the growing belief that there is a political elite that actively wants to prevent people getting on in life. This is what spurs on populist politics and brought around Brexit in the first place. The Tories now seem to be doing all they can to prove people right.
-Conor Pope, deputy editor
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