Nicola Sturgeon says: 'I don't say this lightly, but almost nothing in this desperate letter is true. This is a bad deal, driven by the PM's self defeating red lines and continual pandering to the right of her own party. Parliament should reject it and back a better alternative.'
Sarah Wolaston MP: 'Deeply shocking that the PM drags out the old NHS funding deception in her letter. There is NO financial bonanza linked to Brexit only a massive penalty for the NHS, research, public health & social care.
Nigel Farage: 'Theresa May's agreement is the worst deal in history, I hope Parliament votes it down and we leave on WTO rules.'
The nation is divided. I don't see unity emerging out of the Brexit chaos. Even a new vote is thought to be undemocratic, because we haven't implemented the wish of the British people on the last vote.
Theresa May herself wants to have a very close relationship with the EU, but is not sad about Leaving. That at least is an honest truth. The British have always love the EU citizens less than the citizens of EU have loved the British people. Divorce and tantrums were inevitable in this one sided love that has always been calculating about we give and not what we get out of the relationship. Unity in relationships cannot be maintained if one constantly plays the numbers game.
Honouring the result of the Referendum in itself has become a betrayal of the British people in light of the fact that there are criminal charges that have been filed and are being investigated against Arron Banks. He contributed of £8m to the Leave campaign. The criminal charges are based on the suspicion that the funding was illegal. The source of the funds are suspected to be Russian. If proven to be criminal, then for all intents and purposes the Referendum result should be null and void. This, in addition to the hacking of private accounts on Facebook by Cambridge Analytica and the fact that the Leaders of the Leave campaign lied to the British people, in any robust democracy should have resulted in a halt to Brexit. Instead, Mrs. May keeps on talking about the Referendum result as if it was a sacred undertaking.It wasn't. It can and should be repeated with a full disclosure of facts and likely economic and other consequences.
How does one secure a bright future for our country, when all economic forecasts show that any deal, including this one, will result in net losses to our economy and make its functioning less efficient? Even if this deal was to pass through Parliament, the final terms will only be settled through an arduous process by December 2020 and possibly December 2022. There will be many hurdles. A level playing field will be insisted upon by the EU. It is something that Britain does not want. A level playing field simply put, takes away any advantage of Leaving.
Britain has two options. One is to be able to agree new trade deals with better conditions compared to the EU. This is unlikely. The second is to make access to our markets easier through subsidies or promises of investments or other bribes. That won't be acceptable to the EU.
The deal is not in our national interest. If it cannot be negotiated further, then it is the 2nd best option to Remain. It does not work for the whole country. The deal does not work for Scotland and it barely works for N. Ireland. It does not work for the City of London. Precisely, for which parts of the UK it does work for is questionable. The deal does not work for the aspiration of those 48% who voted to Remain. The Remain vote now probably stands at 56%. It does not work for their children's future. Putting an end to free movement is a deprivation of our rights. We keep focusing on not letting foreigners in. End to free movement means that we are not allowed out.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research predicts that we'd be £100bn worse off compared to Remaining in the EU by 2030. This study was commissioned by the People's Vote, which wants a second referendum. It puts UK GDP at 3.9% less by 2030. That bytheway is a bigger loss compared to our net contributions to the EU, with all the rights and a seat at the decision making table.
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