Bruxelles, 10 May 2022 – Macron suggested yesterday while speaking in Strasbourg for the Europe Day, the creation of a Europe wide political community beyond EU membership including Ukraine and the UK.
That would be positive as Ukraine’s accession will take years and there’s urgent need for future guarantees on the independence of the Ukrainian territory, whatever the outcome of future negotiations.
What about Brexit Britain instead?
Macron sees it “from a political standpoint that goes further than the EU”. It’s definitely an open minded and progressive attitude and not necessarily to be interpreted as a way to reduce European reliance on United States foreign policy.
So it’s good with regard to Ukraine, but not to Britain’s, a country which decided with a disputable Brexit referendum, not just to exit the EU, but to slam the door fueling as much resentment as possible: anti-EU passions enforced by the far-right Tories have been used to cynically keep their political support alive.
These dividing politics based on the assumption that the UK doesn’t need its neighbours and that its own nuclear power and the ‘special relationships’ with the US are enough to satisfy its own domestic defense, are not only narrow minded, but short sighted and damaging.
Though the British political opposition, Labour Party and LibDems, outlined foreign policies close to EU values and goals and conciliatory in the management of the post-Brexit, Johnson’s executive, which is made up of the hard line brexiteers, keeps the level of conflict with Brussels high so to amplify this on media in order to gain electorate’s consensus.
Now that a possible no-confidence vote to try to oust Johnson is looming on the wake of Labour’s victory at local elections last 6 May, it might well be that, if successful, this will lead to anticipated general elections and not just to a change of leadership in the Conservative party.
The pressure of the war in Ukraine and Russian threat should have brought back to the Parliament houses, frontpages and TVs the democratic debate whether arming Ukraine is right or wrong, to what point the British people want to send weapons. In a democracy debate should be open. Instead, after over a decade of far-right regime, Britain became a country where movements for peace are criminalised, trade unions are invisible, civil society debate and strain of thought are absent on mainstream media.
The latest Tory idea to foster propaganda foreign politics is to scrap Northern Ireland Protocol, and this to keep calm Sinn Feinn after the party for the reunion of Ireland won majority at Stormont.
Could a country led by the Tories be a reliable political ally, even without the bound to EU membership?
Can one compare a country where Euromaidan took place with people fighting for freedom waving EU flags, to one where the Brexiteers insulting immigrants rallied in Westminster shouting “we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it?”. A country where the 48% of the population who did not want to leave the EU is not represented not only in the Houses of Parliament, but in all aspects of social life, media included?
Until in these conditions, a possible political partnership with Britain would only be a danger to the EU and an element of disunion on foreign politics, right when the EU needs the most of its cohesion.
Let’s content ourselves of Ukraine coming in as new political ally meanwhile its path to full membership is going on.