The clock’s ticking for the EU’s Mad Hatters – a deal is there to be agreed

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ARE there two Boris Johnsons in Downing Street?

I only ask because of the startling contrast in his ­handling of the two biggest issues of the day.

The clock’s ticking for the EU’s Mad Hatters – a deal is there to be agreed

As a recovering Covid victim, the PM is perhaps understandably all at sea over a nasty bug which is killing the UK ­economy stone-dead while leaving 67million human beings almost entirely intact.

Official confusion, chaos and incompetence have turned us into a pathetic nation of ­neurotic hypochondriacs living in subdued panic about a ­second wave.

While we shrink into our shells and desert the city streets, tinpot town halls are forming posses of Covid Marshals to keep us under house arrest with no parole in sight.

It is shocking to realise life may never return to what we regarded as normal just six months ago. Hideous masks will uglify us forever, like face furniture.

Yet while we wonder what colour the skies must be in Matt Hancock and Chris Whitty’s wonderful world, there is a sense of clarity and smack of firm government over Brexit.

Guided by UK negotiator David Frost, we are leaving the European Union on December 31 to become an independent trading nation, come what may.

This means severing the last tentacles of control from Brussels, including the “Northern Ireland Protocol” which saps our ability to act as a fully sovereign state.

Britain will tear up the clause which puts GB exports to Northern Ireland at risk of taxes imposed by a foreign regime — namely the European Union.

The notion of Britain revising a treaty signed a year ago by this Prime Minister has brought Remainers out in hives.

“The end of civilisation as we know it,” they blare. “Our international honour is besmirched.”

FAKE FURORE

Critics are entitled to their opinion, although many argue the EU — a serial treaty-breaker — has already breached its side of the Brexit bargain.

The Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed in exchange for the firm promise of a UK-EU trade deal.

That promise has not been delivered. The offer of a Canada-style deal was snatched away the moment we accepted.

A fake furore over legal niceties is further evidence that Brussels will do all in its power to shaft Britain for daring to leave its fatal embrace.

It cannot allow us to “prosper mightily”, as Boris predicts, while restless member states look on with envy.

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We must be ready to leave the EU on Australia-style terms, as a free trader[/caption]

As this prospect looms into sharp focus, Brussels has gone bonkers, even threatening to cut off our food supplies.

But it’s when sour EU fanatics John Major and Tony Blair climb aboard their high horses that you really know it’s time to bring out the flapping white coats.

“This way of negotiating — with reason cast aside in pursuit of ideology and cavalier bombast, posing as serious diplomacy — is irresponsible, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice,” the ex-PMs explode.

Leaving aside Blair’s Iraq War record and the sovereignty the two ex-PMs surrendered in treaties with the Brussels machine, we have to remember where their loyalty lies.

IN A CORNER

Both were committed to the EU’s relentless drive to ever-closer political union — against the wishes, whenever consulted, of its 500million people.

Blair actually saw himself driving the imperial bulldozer as grandiose but unelected President of Europe.

Instead, in a grotesque act of self-harm, the EU has now driven Boris into a dangerous corner.

With Covid in chaos, the PM needs a victory. A clean Brexit is essential.

We must be ready to leave the EU on Australia-style terms, as a free trader. He cannot afford to back down.

There may be some turbulence but last week’s trade deal with Japan proved we really can “prosper mightily”. There will be many more like that.

The PM will not abandon those ex-Labour voters who climbed the Red Wall for him last December.

The BBC is on a hook

TALKING about Covid, how long will the BBC keep reciting the daily death toll?

It might decide to combine the dismal mortality count with unemployment figures as they start to rise.

ITN used this stunt in the 1980s to embarrass the Thatcher government.

They stopped when figures went into reverse and jobless queues started shrinking to the lowest in Europe.

But the BBC is on a hook. The numbers have already shrunk once to near-zero, though they are ticking up again nicely now.

Are they preparing their shroud for a second wave?


He will deliver his promise, as urged by Labour Remainer Keir Starmer, to “get Brexit done”.

It is now EU negotiator Michel Barnier who is in a corner, along with Germany’s Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. A deal is there to be agreed.

For them, the clock really is ticking.

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With Covid in chaos, the PM needs a victory – a clean Brexit is essential[/caption]


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