8th December 2017
The initial deal done by Prime Minister Theresa May with the European Union is a fudge on top of a surrender on top of a contradiction. This was the comment by Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown following the Conservative Government’s last minute deal with the European Union to allow Brexit talks to continue. The end result was to land Britain and the Brexit process in a worse mess than ever.
Robert Brown said:
“So far the Government’s negotiations have achieved literally nothing. All the controversial issues have been punted into the long grass – the Northern Ireland border, the “divorce” bill, access to the Single Market and the Customs Union. Instead of saving £350 million a week as the Brexiteers promised, we have a bill thought to be around £60 BILLION to pay.
This is an agreement made up of contradictory assurances – not least to the DUP on the one hand and the European Union on the other about the Irish Border. It is also increasingly clear that we will need to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union and accept their rules – but lose any power to influence these as we have at present as members.
The Conservative party are in complete chaos over Brexit. When Theresa May returns with a bad deal or no deal at all, the British people must be allowed their say on the terms in a Brexit deal referendum – with the option to halt the whole process altogether.
Every day, Brexit is proving to be the worst decision made by any British government in three quarters of a century.”