CHIEF EU bully Michel Barnier last week spat out the words that should be carved on the hearts of all those fighting to overturn Brexit.
“We don’t want to negotiate. We don’t want to compromise,” he confessed to Vice online news. Now we all know. Our grovelling attempt to buy a friendly, friction-free and costly trade deal was doomed from the start.
Brussels was never going to let Britain be better off outside.
The Commission was determined to punish us for daring to leave. For believers in ever-closer union this an immutable article of faith.
Abandoning the True Path is a heresy punishable by economic death.
If we make it a success, we put the sacred Project in peril.
In fact we should welcome Barnier’s harsh honesty.
It provides an urgent wake-up call to dithering Theresa May who seems to favour a deal at any price.
The PM’s weakness has made Britain a soft touch for Brussels and renegade Tories.
Mrs May, a Remainer, has surrounded herself with a Downing Street coven of pro-EU fanatics and Whitehall mandarins who want her to cave in.
She has a defeatist chief whip who keeps telling her she can’t win Commons votes against Brexit wreckers.
And she is terrified of Chancellor Phil Hammond, a defiant Remainer who sabotaged spending on No Deal plans.
Meanwhile, officials stoke fake news about a food, fuel and medicines crisis while the tax man invents a ludicrous annual £20BILLION customs bill for British exporters.
Theresa May’s government is scaring itself to death.
But a Sun on Sunday poll reveals voters don’t buy this rubbish.
Most think, rightly, Theresa May has made a total hash of negotiations and must be replaced as PM when we leave next March.
Mrs May is a rabbit in the headlights — aware of the trap she is walking into but paralysed by indecision over ways to escape.
She seems to believe the EU Commission really can cripple one of the world’s major economies, wreck security ties and revive terrorism in Northern Ireland.
And she is ready to cough up a gigantic £39BILLION of taxpayers’ cash for the privilege of surrendering — a prospect which enrages Remainers as much as Brexiteers.
Paying that monstrous ransom in return for national humiliation would condemn the Tories to the scrapheap at the next election and hand the country over to a Corbyn-led Marxist nightmare.
Ambitious Barnier — a preposterous puffed-up plutocrat — thinks he’s got it in the bag.
EU needs all the friends – and money – it can get.
In fact, his arrogance is causing alarm among EU leaders who want a deal — and offers Britain a chance to escape not just intact but in triumph.
Barnier may have the support of France which has throughout history seen Britain as the great enemy.
But many other countries — including Sweden, Holland, Italy and even Germany — regard the UK as their best customer.
Trade is two-way traffic. Trade wars are bad news, as Donald Trump is starting to prove.
Theresa May may be super-cautious but she has surely learned that boldness pays.
She earned her leadership spurs by taking on Police Federation thugs. And she won global credit by standing up to Vladimir Putin over the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings.
She must apply those lessons to this month’s crucial EU Council where member states gather to consider Britain’s future, just as Italy bursts into flames.
The PM has a choice.
She can accept an unpopular compromise which will unravel disastrously if British voters think they’ve been conned. Or she can march into talks with a clear, fair, take-it-or-leave-it offer to Europe from a valued economic and security ally.
Her £39bn cheque is the trump card. With Greece destitute, Italy imploding and Austria, Poland and Hungary near revolt over immigration, the EU needs all the friends — and money — it can get.
European leaders would have to decide whether to accept the deal or see Mrs May take everything off the table, including that mouth- watering £39bn pile of crisp Bank of England notes.
Forget about “cliff edges”. The EU desperately needs that cash. There would be a stampede to stop Mrs May reaching the exit.
LABOUR'S GRENFELL EXPLOIT
A MYTH fed by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has been allowed to grow over the terrible Grenfell Tower inferno which cost 72 lives.
It suggests heartless Tory-controlled Kensington was complicit in incinerating poor immigrants.
Now it seems most if not all those casualties could have escaped if they had not been penned in their flats by fire-brigade diktat.
We raise our hats to the fire service teams who risked death in this hideous blaze. But it is time to stop knee-jerk grievance merchants portraying this tragedy as a callous act of politically-motivated spite.