Brexit Unraveling: Labour’s Dangerous Liaison with EU-centric Policies Threatens UK’s Hard-Won Autonomy
Frost Warns of a Looming Regression as Labour Flirts with Policies Undermining Britain’s Sovereign Strides
In a candid reflection published in The Telegraph, the eminent David Frost, the renowned figurehead at the helm of UK’s Brexit negotiations, casts a discerning eye on the unfolding political landscape, cautioning that the strides made in extricating Britain from the clutches of the European Union (EU) might be perilously unwound under the stewardship of Keir Starmer and the Labour Party.
The week has been particularly revealing, elucidating a possible trajectory the Labour Party might carve for the nation, a path marred with unwarranted compromises and abandonment of core British values established post-Brexit. According to Frost, the Labour Party has shown glimpses of a governance style that might prove detrimental to the sovereign strides the UK has managed to achieve in recent years.
Frost expounds on a series of concerning decisions, one being Angela Rayner’s commitment to dismantling the legal checks on strikes recently instituted by the government. He regards the party’s opposition to the governmental plans to amend the “risk-averse and wholly undemocratic” rulings of Natural England, which stymied the construction of nearly 150,000 houses, as a manifestation of Labour’s allegiance to environmental groups rather than the welfare of the British populace.
Equally baffling, in Frost’s view, is Starmer’s approach to handling the precarious issue of illegal migration. The Labour leader seems to be flirting with the idea of brokering a rather asymmetrical deal with the EU, wherein the UK would willingly accept a larger influx of illegal arrivals in exchange for the EU’s cooperation in handling the arrivals on British soil, a move that seems to lack foresight and a keen understanding of the complexities surrounding immigration control.
Frost astutely observes a recurring pattern in Labour’s stance: a rhetoric rich in promises of economic growth and business development, which starkly contrasts their actions that often border on curtailing genuine progress. The party appears to be entrapped in a “perfectionist, fantasy-world view of the environment”, thwarting initiatives that might spur growth and stability.
Moreover, Frost notes a concerning inclination within the Labour Party to foster closer ties with the EU, potentially morphing Britain into a puppet state, adhering to EU regulations whilst reaping no tangible benefits. This insidious strategy could gradually usher the UK back into the stifling confines of the EU, undoing the hard-won freedom and autonomy secured through Brexit.
Frost also draws attention to the unnerving resurgence of figures from the Theresa May government era, who seem to be rallying behind Starmer’s vision, inadvertently endorsing policies that might reverberate the shortcomings of May’s Brexit deal. The past week witnessed Rory Stewart and Theresa May herself, vocalising support for Labour’s policies, a development that Frost finds deeply unsettling.
Critiquing the legacy left behind by the May government, Frost underscores the urgency to reassess and perhaps abandon policies that have inadvertently catalysed issues such as the small boats problem. Moreover, he vehemently opposes the reintroduction of a close-knit relationship with the EU, akin to the one fostered during May’s tenure.
Frost also highlights an increasing tendency among individuals across various political spectra to advocate for a closer alliance with the EU, misinterpreting Britain’s willingness to rejoin the Horizon science programme as a precursor to a possible reintegration with the EU, despite the original agreement having been forged back in 2020.
At this critical juncture, Frost urges a robust defence of the sovereign and democratic Brexit, calling upon the government to fervently protect and propagate the benefits of the 2020 Brexit deal which paved the way for an independent and prosperous Britain. He warns that failure to do so might result in a loss of faith among the electorate, risking the unraveling of a historic milestone that championed Britain’s autonomy and growth.