What Would Thatcher Do?

She’d have held out for independence, deal or no deal with Europe (or Ireland) and looked to America, Canada, and the other freedom countries as the way forward.
She’d have held out for independence, deal or no deal with Europe (or Ireland) and looked to America, Canada, and the other freedom countries as the way forward.

What would Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher do in respect of Brexit? That’s the question with which we’re wrestling as the second woman premier to lead Britain, Theresa May, flounders toward the March 29 date by which, absent a deal or an agreed-upon delay, Britain will finally regain its independence. How would the Iron Lady handle what the nervous Nellies are calling a colossal constitutional crisis?

We understand that Thatcher has left this mortal coil. We focus on her because, as we’ve often marked, the idea of Brexit took flight only after Thatcher delivered her famous speech at Bruges, Belgium. That was the speech in which she declared that Britons had not rolled back the frontiers of the state at home only to see “a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

That was in 1988. The speech inspired many among the conservative intelligentsia in Britain — the Bruges Group, it got dubbed — to think about independence. Yet punctilious editorial writing moves us to mark that Mrs. Thatcher herself stopped short of calling for Britain to leave the EU outright. Plus, too, she spoke in a heartfelt way about Britain’s historical and cultural ties. Bruges was a moderate speech.

Thatcher didn’t know it at the time, but she herself had but two years left as premier. Her party leaders turned on her in 1990. So how did her thinking go after that? It happens that there is a riveting clue being linked now on the internet (and above). It features remarks that Mrs. Thatcher delivered to a Conservative Party rally at Plymouth, where she lit into the prime minister at the time, Labor’s Tony Blair.

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See Also:

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(2) Brexit gives the U.K. two choices — take the pain, or just give up

(3) ‘On the brink of a breakdown’: Blame and scorn between Theresa May and MPs as Brexit chaos heats up

(4) Theresa May Asks the EU to Delay Brexit Past March Deadline

(5) Europeans furious at EU’s Brexit handling: Shock poll shows citizens turn back on Brussels

(6) Could obscure 50-year-old treaty offer Britain last minute Brexit LIFELINE?

(7) Three EU nations ready to BLOCK May’s extension plea – UK heading for no deal

(8) TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: Furious Merkel says this is the ONLY Brexit deal on offer

(9) Hard Brexit SHOCK: EU facing ‘VERY SIGNIFICANT’ damage with Germany losing £10BN a year

(10) May to ‘BEND to her party’ and back NO DEAL – PM will REJECT long delay

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