Brexit

“She didn’t listen to me”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

For those who haven't been following along, it's fairly clear now that Britain is headed for a so-called "Soft Brexit," meaning the United Kingdom will remain inside the European customs union and maintain similar regulations and practices, but give up their direct membership in the European Union and their ability to vote on the union's decisions.

Now, Trump says his own words that were recorded on tape are "fake news," but he participated in an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper in which he attacked British Prime Minister Theresa May for choosing a soft exit.

She "didn’t listen to me" he says.

Trump chastised May for ignoring his advice on Brexit and not making a credible threat to walk away from talks.

I would have done it much differently,” he told the Sun, which urged its readers to back Brexit before a referendum in June 2016. “I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.

And how exactly would Trump "do it?"

Well, we don't know and I doubt Theresa May or Trump himself knows either, but our own experience here inside the United States tell us doing anything Trump's way means repeatedly fucking yourself.

Britain's decision to exit the European Union ("Brexit") was always a bad idea from the very beginning but, if they're going to go through with it, remaining in the European customs union is probably their best possible option.

Remaining inside the customs union will cause the least amount of disruption to business because, as a member of the customs union, goods that pass between the European mainland and the British isles will not have to pass through a customs check. The ability to bypass customs will prevent a crisis that could grind commerce to a halt.

You may ask why the hell would anyone press for a more "hard" Brexit if it could lead to a major disruption of business and the simple answer is: they're morons

The more complicated answer is that they want to completely ditch European regulations and laws even if it would mean destroying their own economy.

  • muselet

    Brexit has always reminded me of an old cartoon: a British man is reading a newspaper which bears the banner headline, Fog in Channel – Europe Isolated.

    I can only imagine what terrible advice Donald Trump might have given Theresa May, had he actually discussed Brexit with her. Probably something to do with stiffing the contractors or how to come up with a memorable TV catchphrase.

    Which, admittedly, would be very-slightly better advice than May would get from those pushing for a hard Brexit, but that’s an awfully low bar.

    –alopecia

  • Username1016

    That’s rich. Freakin’ Trump mansplaining to Theresa May how to do a Brexit. Like HE knows shit from shinola.

  • Nefercat

    His wording put his arrogant misogyny on full display.

    Not “I suggested she might want to …” or “I told her if it were me …” or “I told her I appreciated how complex the situation was, but that I had some ideas that might be helpful …)

    Nope. It was ““I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn’t listen to me.”

    You know he wanted to say “the stupid bitch” instead of “she.”

  • Diane

    I’m sure that Ms May knew of Trump’s interactions with Putin, why would she trust ANYTHING Trump told her?

  • Draxiar

    Why in the hell would any leader of any country listen to anything trump had to say on running a country? Maybe to know what NOT to do but otherwise….there’s no good reason.

    “The more complicated answer is that they want to completely ditch European regulations and laws even if it would mean destroying their own economy.” And this I can’t wrap my head around…like, at all. I figure as soon as it makes perfect sense to me as a good decision then I’m fucked up.

    • Victor the Crab

      Why in the hell would any leader of any country listen to anything trump had to say on running a country?

      Someone willing to drill their tongue deep up Drumpf’s unwiped asshole. Someone on the far right who thinks Drumpf is the best thing to happen in a while.