“This puts us close to a Brexit deal.” UK PM Theresa May updates MPs on draft E…

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“This puts us close to a Brexit deal.”

UK PM Theresa May updates MPs on draft EU withdrawal agreement, after ministers resign in protest.

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  1. Why not admit the fact that this is not what anyone wanted – you can not deliver the Brexit that was promised. You certainly aren’t satisfying either leave or remain with this farce. Propose a second referendum while you still have a career,

  2. ‘Resigning in protest’ also known as throwing a childish strop when things aren’t going your way. Whether you like May or not I personally am full of admiration that she gets out of bed each day and takes on this thankless task with the whole country slagging her off when all the rest (most who created this mess by shouting their propaganda- from both sides of the fence) ‘resigned’ and legged it.

  3. I’ve just been reading the headings of the 500 odd page outlined agreement, and it seems to me it’s a case of you can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but .. etc, etc. personally I think the issue is how far the draft goes to satisfying the terms of the referendum vote, which was to take us out of the EU – and which, to my mind meant a determination to achieve restoration of UK sovereignty in the face of EU regulation – and the answer to that is that this doesn’t go all that far. For a start there is a fairly open ended approach to the transition period – 2020 is the aim, but the period can be extended at will, although apparently there have been assurances that it won’t be – I wonder. I like the fact that we are going to establish a single customs territory for the whole UK – and in fact it’s the only sensible way to approach the issue, although the question of the N. Ireland border remains to some extent. The only other issue on which we seem to have held our ground is fisheries protection, and all I have to say about that is that it’s about time. BUT as for the rest, it looks to me as if everything is open for further negotiation. The position of UK citizens resident in EU countries is particularly dubious – no actual assurance from the EU, which means that if they feel like it they can exert pressure – and while the same applies, although I don’t see it stated, to EU citizens in the UK, I’m frankly amazed that this hasn’t been tied down and it seems to me that the EU thinks it can force us to yield on that one. I really don’t like the bit about full alignment with EU rules and regulation until otherwise decided, which is a surrender of sovereignty so far as i am concerned, although the Civil Service will love it, because they can go on administering to their hearts content, and the restrictions imposed by the Eu on just about every walk of life are still going to apply. No thank you. And finally there’s the bit about the arbitration committee, being persons “whose independence is beyond doubt” as if such persons are going to be found all that easily in this increasingly for or against situation when there are so many axes to grind. No, I don’t think this works at all, and it would be much better if we had simply walked away when the Eu first started to mess us around, which was inevitable from the start.

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