Oh dear. With Tory MPs and Opposition MPs alike united in their dislike of Theresa May’s Chequers proposals, talk of a no deal Brexit is rife. Only this time around no-one seems able to agree on where Project Fear stops and Kamikaze begins. In today’s Telegraph, a Brexiteer MP accuses May of being the most Kamikaze of all thanks to her new penchant for releasing no deal preparation notices. Far from being the stuff the UK should show to Brussels to prove they are ready, they say, talk of plans to stockpile food and bring in the army to deliver it are aimed at scaring Brits into accepting her compromise.
What ever view you take, Mr S suspects that it’s hard to deny Project Fear is back in some form. Take for example George Osborne’s Standard, the paper has found a new problem they can blame Brexit for… super-gonorrhoea:
In an article based on a report from earlier this month, the paper warns that although the UK has pledged to maintain standards and ensure a high level of human protection post-Brexit, a chaotic Brexit risks the UK losing access to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). They say that in a recent case where a man who contracted ‘the world’s worst super-gonorrhoea’ and brought it back to the UK, Public Health England worked alongside the ECDC and the World Health Organisation to effectively track the infection.
Given that the UK would remain part of WHO and there’s no suggestion that the government has any plan to leave the ECDC (not without a replacement system at least), Mr S suspects it’s still a little premature to say ‘Brexit means super-gonorrhoea’.