The Prime Minister confirmed Britain would be prevented from launching trade deals for years after Brexit, but would at least be able to negotiate them ready for such a time when the UK was actually able to leave the EU and the so-called implementation period. She said:
“Crucially, the text we have agreed has an explicit reference to the development of an independent trade policy by the UK beyond this partnership with the EU. So we’d have the ability to sign new trade deals with other countries, and capitalise on the opportunities in the fastest growing economies around the world.
“We’ll be able to get on with this, negotiating deals during the implementation period, and putting them in place immediately afterwards.”
On the matter of fishing — the section of the draft agreement dealing with Britain’s waters was one of the first to circulate on social media Thursday morning — May insisted that she’d got a good deal for fisheries and that they wouldn’t be bartered away.
The Prime Minister said: “the deal will mean leaving the common agricultural policy and the common fisheries policy… we will become an independent coastal state, with control over our waters, so our fishermen get a fairer share of the fish in our waters. We have firmly rejected a link between access to our waters, and access to markets.
“The fisheries agreement is not something we will be trading off against any other priority. We are clear that we will negotiate access and quotas on an annual basis, as do other independent coastal states like Norway and Ireland.”
News of the draft agreement came with European Council president Donald Tusk announcing the document Thursday morning, writing on micro-blogging platform Twitter; “I have just sent to EU27 a draft Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between EU and UK.
“The Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement of the Leaders.”
But as the paper was shared on social media, line-by-line analysis of the document by Eurosceptic academic Dr Lee Rotherham questioned the benefit to the United Kingdom the agreement would bring.
Noting that the draft paper requires “deep regulatory and customs cooperation, underpinned by provisions ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition”, the academic wrote “It’s hard to look at para 23 and not conclude that it’s a customs union. It’s pretty well a dictionary definition.” Dr Rotherham said according to these paragraphs in the deal, the UK will have to align its regulation to the European Union, what he called a “fax democracy”.
Britain being “governed by fax” by the European Union is taken to mean new laws and regulations being sent to London arbitrarily, without means to challenge or amend and was a threat against Brexit made by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012, before he gave Britain a vote on whether to leave the European Union.
The Reuters news agency reported further bad news from the Prime Minister’s deal Thursday, an analysis of the text showed the government’s negotiators had secured no improvements to the proposed future relationship regarding financial services with the EU. As things stand, British banks would only be granted access to the European market if the UK’s rules and regulations remain closely aligned, another example of the EU preventing Britain from forging its own destiny after Brexit.
In the House Of Commons the Labour Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn called the draft she presented to the House was a “half baked idea” and was a “Blindfold Brexit”.
Theresa May several times quoted that the “Backstop” if used would be only a temporary thing. How many years would that last for, or would it remain forever? Why have a “Backstop” at all?
The deal gets rid of free movement of European migrants coming to the UK .
The European Court will go.
Britsh Law will prevail.
Brits living in EU can remain there.
EU people in the UK can remain in the UK.
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