Here’s an excellent read from the London Evening Standard, edited by George Osborne. It reports that Theresa May today faced a Tory rebellion and a stark warning that “thousands” of cancer patients face delays to their treatment as a direct result of Britain’s decision to quit the European nuclear body Euratom. Critically, it points out that the agency, which governs the movement of radioactive material around Europe, is not formally part of the EU but is under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice — leading to the Government’s decision to pull out as part of the Brexit process.
The article raises a number of important issues. Perhaps, the most important is that this issue seems to be a test of ideology Vs. Best interests – if idealogy prevails, a hard Brexit seems more probable. Secondly, it shines the spotlight on Conservative MPs who are brave enough to stand up for what is right. Thirdly, given the likely deterioration in cancer treatment, which already trails the majority of advanced nations, then the government has no overall strategy – Brexit is about idealogy and damn everything else.