“You don’t know. Ye dinnae ken. You don’t have a Scooby.”
RTE have a good summary of the recent happenings over in BREXITland (“May lacks legal power to start Brexit, court told”), where the pound is down, prices are up, Scotland is out (or at least strongly considering it), and sadly hate crime is also up.
Oh, and the Foreign Sec hasn’t ‘a scooby’:
Mr Johnson ducked the question of whether he wanted to keep membership of the European single market during withdrawal negotiations under Article 50 of the EU treaties.
Asked repeatedly by the Scottish National Party’s Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins whether maintaining single market membership was an objective of the Government, Mr Johnson said: “I think the term ‘single market’ is increasingly useless.
“We are going to get a deal which is of huge value and possibly of greater value … We are going to get the best possible deal for trade in goods and services.”
He added: “There are many countries that sell very effectively into the single market and that’s certainly what we will do.”
Mr Gethins told Mr Johnson that his answers, and those of other ministers involved in the Brexit negotiations, demonstrated that: “You don’t know. Ye dinnae ken. You don’t have a Scooby.”
Mr Johnson said he thought Britain had done “the right thing” in voting to leave the EU in June.
He told the committee: “I think those who prophesied doom before the referendum have been proved wrong and I think they will continue to be proved wrong.
“Obviously it will take time before the full benefits of Brexit appear.”
Responding to Mr Johnson’s comments, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “After his bungling performance today, it’s clear the only thing which is becoming `increasingly useless’ is Boris Johnson himself.
“His glib dismissal of the Single Market shows the Conservatives have given up any claim to be the party of business and are putting jobs, prosperity and lower prices at risk.”