Theresa May’s agreed EU deal will harm the UK, will probably not get through Parliament and has been criticised by pretty much everyone from all sides.
The economy will be less prosperous (even by the government’s own analysis), global trade deals will be near-impossible for the foreseeable future, it’s a damp compromise that offers little to anyone and there will be a mass exodus of businesses and talent across to the continent.
We will be stuck in the cracks between the single market of the EU and the global markets from which we will most probably be left behind.
And this is exactly what the British people voted for.
We are in favour of leaving the EU (52% voted to Leave) and the two biggest reasons for voting leave was, according to numerous polls, ‘taking back control’ of decisions relating to the UK and regaining control of immigration and borders.
Even those who voted Remain are getting what they voted for. The biggest concern for the 48% who voted to stay in the EU was the economy, jobs and prices. Over half of those polled ranked the economy as the biggest concern.
Workers’ rights, a belief in the European project and the EU partnership were distant second, third and fourth in the most important factors.
So over all – Brits don’t like Europe much but want as much economic benefit from the EU as possible.
We Britons want those with different accents and nationalities out of our country, for British courts to regain full control of UK law and to opt out of any deeper relationships with Europe.
This is what May’s deal offers and this is the best deal she could’ve hoped for.
Yet, it’s too much like remaining for the Brexiteers and too much like leaving for the Remainers, as previously discussed, and it’s a proposal hated by both sides.
But it does the three things most important to voters:
- Frictionless trade at least for a number of years with the EU to limit economic damage
- Remove the right to free movement of people from the EU
- Returns accountability (albeit being in name only) to British courts and Parliament
These aren’t good things, the deal leaves us powerless, we will pay at least £39bn to the EU for the privilege, we have no idea what will happen with fishing agreements, the Irish border is still a huge unsolved problem and removing free movement will hurt us economically and socially for generations.
New analysis published on Metro.co.uk puts individuals worse off by up to £1,670 (so the household would be slightly worse off than the £2,200).
This is what the public voted for and it’s what Theresa May and (what’s left of) her cabinet have delivered.
Parliament shouldn’t accept it, the public should rally against it and there should be a second referendum now that everyone’s eyes are open and the full deal is in front of them.
But Theresa May is doing what she was elected (sort of) to do… deliver the will of the British people.
The problem is that this deal isn’t good for the economy, isn’t good for racial/international integration and isn’t good for the future prosperity of the UK.