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    1. Some quick thoughts on May's supposed 'strong and stable' approach to Brexit.

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    2. Back in July, whilst the EU cracked on with preparing, May lost crucial time starting two (competing) Whitehall departments from scratch.

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    3. Back in Autumn, when High Court ruled that A50 outside prerogative, May could have got on with job with a Bill - but appealed instead.

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    4. May was lucky Supreme Court only said a Bill was needed, not devolved power input. Huge, needless gamble.

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    5. Had May just got on with a A50 Bill, it would have been passed by Christmas.

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    6. When she claimed not to want show her cards, she instead made the Birmingham conference speech.

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    7. In that speech, she declared (a) March date for A50, (b) no ECJ jurisdiction, and (c) no freedom of movement. Cards fully shown.

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    8. Come April, instead of "getting on with the job", she wastes a month of the A50 two years with a needless general election.

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    9. Three time she could have "got on with the job" but instead: two needless new departments, needless appeal, needless general election.

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    10. Again and again, under the cloak of "getting on with job" rhetoric. May is diverted and wastes precious time.

    But the EU27 has not.

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    11. And this is in addition to losing key people like Rogers, and appointing Boris and Fox.

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    12. This is not strong and stable leadership but the reverse, but people will nod-along because it is called "strong and stable leadership".

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    13. If UK not wasted time with two new departments, and needless appeal and election, stronger position than now. Only May to blame.

    /Ends.

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