In a piece in CounterPunch published in January I indicated how the UK’s Brexit roll-out was chaotic and incoherent. Since then matters have not improved.
The UK has been desperate to sign trade deals to replace the EU-sponsored deals it will no longer be a party to when Brexit occurs.
Theresa May has crawled before foreign leaders for trade deals with little real success. She even signed a weapons agreement with the Turkish despot Erdogan, knowing full-well the weapons will be used against the Kurds and Turkey’s internal dissidents.
On the home front, May lurches from one Brexit approach and scenario to another. The only consistent thread in all these meanderings is the desire to limit defections from her party’s right wing to the far-right UKIP.
May has managed this by taking a Brexit position virtually indistinguishable from UKIP’s, enveloping herself in the cloak of a bogus patriotism, as she implements the Tory dream of a privatized, deregulated, low tax and low wage, “gig” job dominated, law-and-order Ukania (to use Tom Nairn’s term).
Not that the chaotic UKIP, changing leaders every 2-3 months in an unending internal strife (including a fist-fight between two of its representatives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg which led to the hospitalization of one of the brawlers), offers much that is worth emulating.
May, the ultimate “woman without qualities”, does not have an ideological bone in her body apart…