There's really no way this cannot be true, is there? Credit - Chris Mounsey, by permission

That dog’s breakfast of a Brexit deal that Theresa May is trying to get through, the European Union has insisted that this is a take it or leave it deal. To which the correct response is sure, we’ll leave it and we’ll leave. What is actually being offered isn’t in fact leaving anyway, it’s an agreement to be tied to the Brussels apron strings without any voice at all in what they insist we do. That’s not the action of a sovereign nation, that’s to be reduced to a lickspittle colony. Better that we take the hit of crashing out into a WTO terms deal and then rebuild from there.

There is, of course, a glorious amount of missing the point going on:

A section on the “level playing field” requirements of the UK is also likely to be strengthened, with calls for “dynamic alignment” with a host of Brussels regulations, to reassure EU member states that Britain will not enjoy a competitive advantage from a future deal, in a move that could further poison the political atmosphere in London.

The point being that we’ve decided that the EU way of doing things is not for us. That might be a good idea, might be a bad one. But it’s still our decision. And yet the insistence now is that even though we have so decided we’ve still got to follow the EU way? Not just in what we’ve already agreed but in whatever foolishness they decide to tie themselves to in the future?

Yet the insistence is that it’s this way or the highway:

European leaders have launched a campaign to sell the Brexit deal struck with Theresa May on a “take it or leave it” basis as EU ambassadors in Brussels collectively agreed it would be impossible to make major changes.

Putting aside the anxieties of some about the 585-page withdrawal text, the 27 member states collectively ruled out a redrafting of the agreement by either side during a meeting with Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator.

Barnier had told the EU ambassadors they should not engage in “bargaining”, despite the political situation in the UK. A number of British cabinet ministers are said to have chosen to stay in their posts purely to engineer a change in the agreement.

OK, the highway it is then. If the take it or leave it deal is that one on the table then we’ll leave it and leave. Might not be easy those first few weeks but give it a few years and we’ll benefit enormously. Precisely and exactly because we’ll not be tied to that EU method and thus will gain advantages. You know, trivial ones, freedom, liberty, sovereignty.