The powerful vested interests opposed to Brexit have done a stellar job in making the British divorce from the EU as difficult and messy as possible. If not downright impossible.
The draft divorce deal now under consideration could see negotiations over the Irish border drag on into 2021. That’s five years after the majority of UK voters chose to leave the EU.
And the ongoing turmoil could spell the end for Theresa May’s days as Prime Minister.
However, Prime Minister Theresa May is putting a positive spin to the latest negotiations. She said she had won the backing of senior ministers for her draft European Union divorce deal.
May insists the glass is half-full
A major topic of the divorce deal is the lengthy transition period, currently set to end in 2020. During this time, Britain has no EU voting rights…a troubling condition to be in. What is of more concern is that up until June 2020, the UK can extend this transition period.
But May considers this to be a benefit, for other than lack of voting rights, everything else remains unchanged. This includes the rights of European citizens to live and work in the UK. So in a sense, it keeps Britain’s doors open for a little while longer — according to May, that is.
There’s also been talk of the UK and EU agreeing on a ‘free trade area’ as the crux of their future relationship. However, it’s the rules of the EU which the UK would have to follow in this operation. This would likely mean the UK will have very little opportunity to secure trade deals with other countries.
However, May emphasises such an arrangement as a satisfactory ‘bespoke’ trade deal that she has been gunning for.
There are no doubt obvious flaws in the draft deal. But May continues to be optimistic.
And according to a tweet by a BBC reporter following a cabinet meeting, Scottish Secretary David Mundell says no British government ministers will resign over Brexit.
Will Theresa May manage to hold on?
As RAW reports, BBC’s Nick Eardley tweeted earlier this week:
‘Mundell says no resignations tonight as far as he knows…’
This is David Mundell’s — the Scottish Secretary — cryptic way of highlighting his support in the Brexit arrangements. Such a comment eliminates fears of May’s ousting as Prime Minister.
And even May herself can feel the support from her cabinet.
‘The collective decision of cabinet was that the government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outline political declaration,’ May said outside her home after a five-hour cabinet meeting.
She also admitted the process would be a difficult one, despite how ideal it is for national interest.
As for support from the public, May is yet to convince the hearts of her fellow Brexit supporters.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg claims Brexiteers were sending angry letters regarding May’s draft deal to Conservative MP’s.
Kuenssberg said Brexiteers were so angry about May’s draft deal to leave the European Union that they were on Thursday submitting letters to the head of a committee of Conservative MPs responsible for handling any leadership challenge.
‘Brexiteer anger so high that seems likely there will be a call for no-confidence vote tomorrow – letters going in,’ she said on Twitter.
To be honest, we’re holding that same uncertainty here. It’s hard to support a political mess.
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