When Cameron called the EU referendum, it was for a variety of reasons, predominant however was his desire to address the splits forming in the Conservative party, splits which had already destroyed the careers of both Thatcher and Major. Well, almost two years on and May’s proposed deal is the equivalent of prying open those old Eurosceptic wounds and dousing them in salt, all while asking us to ‘come together for the good of the country’. And do not mistake Eurosceptic anger for Europhile adulation, Justine Greening has condemned the deal as an ‘unworthy compromise’, and for once the ‘Remoaner’ and I agree on something. May’s fence sitting is getting her nowhere, she’s alienated both sides of the Europe debate while still attempting to force through a soft Brexit. Now’s the time to review our stance, see the benefits of a tougher approach to the EU and drive up some optimism around the UK’s place in the world post-Brexit, else risk becoming a satellite state for an undemocratic, transnational protectionist body.
The Chequers deal commits us to a customs and trade ‘union’ with the EU, agreeing to regulatory alignment and more importantly their current tariffs. So while we are technically allowed to form independent trade agreements with the world, they must comply with current EU regulations and tariffs. In addition, there is no guarantee that free movement of people will end if we follow this path. How is this the Brexit that we voted for? I understand that everyone is worried, worried about our place in the world, worried about the economic impact of leaving the EU (despite that economic growth is at a 10-year high, unemployment has been all but eliminated, wages are growing, and the market has averaged 2% growth), but this pessimism is tiresome and misplaced in world where the President of the United States has committed to giving us a bespoke trade agreement, where we have unique ties to CANZUK and can now gain access to some of the fastest growing markets in the world. Markets the EU prices out of existence through its aggressive tariff policy, manufacturers like China, which only exists to ensure the continued existence of areas like Germanys car industry.
Your worries are understandable, but unnecessary, yes Brexit could be bad for this country, but it could also be the making of it. A chance for us to truly have a global market. But it won’t be if May continues down this fence-sitting soft Brexit path. ‘Remoaners’ have shown that they don’t want a soft Brexit, they want us to stay in the EU, they want to tear down the democracy of this country and replace it with their world views. They will not be satisfied with merely a ‘soft Brexit’, and as such May is pleasing no one with this plan. Now is the time for one of her famous U-turns, tear up the signed deal and commit the UK to getting a deal we want or leaving without one, because truly, a no-deal situation Is better than the position we are currently being forced into by Theresa May, who’s crooked spine can’t quite sit straight enough to allow her to face up to the EU.
The tide is already turning against her plan, Dominic Raab is taking a much tougher stance with the EU and won’t allow us to be bullied out of negotiations this time. It’s politicians like him that are necessary to drive Brexit forward and to carve out a deal that is satisfactory to the British public. And if May refuses to abandon her plan to submit the UK to the EU’s rule, she will be replaced by someone with the guts to properly fight for our sovereignty and global position.
Written by Frankie Wright