Boris swiped three sixes in a row as he took questions on Brexit in the House of Commons yesterday. Ben Bradshaw gloomy over the future attitude of US companies towards the UK was told this:American companies will find the UK in future an even better place to invest and to bring their coporations because of national advantages of time zone, language, talent, and skills that we now enjoy.
Alex Salmond, trying to catch Boris out over Turkey, received this reply.
The Hon. Member will know that I am a passionate advocate of Turkish membership of the EU, always providing that the UK has left before that day. (laughter)
Salmond produced an argument Boris wrote about the single market, which he tried to use as a lever for Parliament to debate the issue before negotiations, but was put firmly in his place.
The Hon. Member must know that it is unrealistic to expect the government to reveal their negotiating position to a vote in this House before those negotiations are completed. It has never happened before. I remember all sorts of treaties, including the Maastricht Treaty, when this never happened. We will go forward with a fantastic free trade deal in goods and services that will be good for the UK and good for the EU.
Emily Thornberry’s question about his two Brexit articles was dispatched even more quickly.
Arguments have moved on since then and the people have spoken overwhelmingly. One of the most powerful arguments for Leave was found in the article I wrote for Remain. Everyone who has read it has told me they emerged from it feeling a profound sense of obligation to leave the EU. (laughter)
Boris Johnson said he didn’t like Remainers called Remoaners or gloomadon poppers. (uncontrollable laughter from Alan Duncan). He said he has bonded with David Davis and Liam Fox, they are like “a nest of singing birds”, and they are working together supportively and productively. These three politicians are heroes to the rest of us.