This agreement is a travesty


This agreement is a travesty

 The UK’s deal is making Brexit look less and less likely, says Peter Divey. 

Phase 1 of the EU negotiations are concluded and the EU is already mocking and gloating. May has conceded on every single point.

Transition is just a fancy word for “not out”. As Donald Tusk has already said the UK must pay, must accept all EU law and will have no input. Can’t really see the point of this “transition”.

UK citizens will have a lesser status than EU migrants. I do not relish being a second-class citizen in my own land. EU migrants will have legal redress that is not available to them. The ECJ will continue to have “oversight”. EU migrants will be able to bring in family members and children from abroad and quickly and easily establish settled status. These rights are forbidden to UK citizens, who have to jump through more hoops. In some cases, UK citizens are denied this right flat out.

PM May says concessions have been yielded on both sides. Not really. That is a twisting of reality to minimise the losses and walk backs. Our red lines are gone. Our pink lines are gone. The EU has out-foxed us. They set up lines which were meaningless, then retreated to the actual final sturdy barricade. UK citizens can now locate within different countries in the EU, what an amazing win for May. Does the UK Supreme Court have “oversight” of UK migrants in the EU? Of course not. We had no fall-back position, it was red lines or bust. And busted they were.

Phase 2 of the talks should be fun. Once a pushover always a pushover. Juncker, for once, was not drunk when he said May was a tough negotiator. He was stone cold sober. And lying.

The UK does not have control of its borders, of migration, of its own law. This is the Governments idea of “out” from 11pm, 29th March 2019. It will only be downhill from here. My prediction? Transition will be extended because of special extenuating circumstances. The plan is to dilute Brexit away, stall and hinder, until the political system feels confident enough to openly declare Brexit dead. It always was. Welcome to the new world; much the same as the old one.

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  • Peter Divey
    Peter Divey
    Peter Divey's dormant interest in British and American politics has been reawakened by last year's Brexit referendum result and Trump's ascendency to the White House. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess and has a growing collection of vintage wrist watches.
    • fred finger

      The agreement is also a travesty because we will NOT move on to the trade talks. There is nothing in art 50 that says we can’t sort out trade talks. It is not in the EU’s interest to do so. The talks will be about the transition period. During the transition period will be the EU holding a gun to our head to work out some dreadful trade deal.

    • Contrary old git

      The EU have their own “red lines” regarding trade and freedom of movement is a huge one. We need May gone and a proper Brexiteer installed as PM for that next stage of negotiations. That way, when the EU get all intransigent about FoM (as they surely will), we should scrap the lot and revert to a “no deal” position as our new starting point. WTO, no FoM, no ECJ, no Common Market, pay our committed liabilities to March 2019. The EU can then consider making us offers that improve on that (for us) or they can go whistle! I know I’m dreaming – it will be fudge, spin and lies culminating in the worst possible outcome in the end – but hope springs eternal…

      • fred finger

        I agree FoM will be the biggest bone of contention. The EU having a ‘proximity’ problem. That is, you can have a FTA with no cost or FoM; as long as many miles separate you from the EU. However, be a next door neighbour that they claim they want good relationships with, then you have to pay and have FoM. Sphere of influence comes to mind.

    • fred finger

      How to negotiate from this point on. In the attitude of fairness, the UK should now set the negotiating agenda. I would make trade talks first and no movement onto the transition agreement, until satisfactory progress has been made.

    • Jolly Radical

      I said last week that this government continues to amaze us by coming up with new actions each more preposterous and idiotic than the last.

      This latest monstrosity is actually “membership minus” – with all the costs, risks and restrictions of EU membership but without even the facility to influence regulation.

      The most galling aspect is that the Tory “Brexiteers” have rolled over like tame puppies and refused to even bark.

      And irony of ironies – this will destroy Tory support at the next election, literally decimating the parliamentary party and ushering in Corbyn/Momentum . . . who will, of course, take us straight back in on the grounds of “tidying up the relationship.”

      Who will save us from these lunatics?

    • fred finger

      The main problem of the agreement, is that it has got May off the hook for the time being. The EU was desperate not to lose such a weak negotiator. So the agreement will stop the call for May’s head. The 1922 should now out fox the EU and use this as the best time to replace May, as we now have 3 months negotiating time before the next major landmark.

      • here’s looking at you kid

        The people know a turkey when they see one and they’re not happy.
        In fact the anger in the country is growing fast.
        If May is not replaced soon by a competent Brexiteer the Tory Party is finished and they’ll only have themselves to blame as any fool could see this coming.

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