Amongst the latest developments regarding the Brexit deal, the latest is the speech given by the prime minister herself, Theresa May. Contrary to what she believes is a new deal, the MPs and the earlier supporters of the deal have withdrawn their support, from what they think has nothing new at all.
In the new speech, there are new points that the prime minister has kept in front of the MPs. What appears is that most of these are just rephrased versions of what has already been out in the past few months.
What is new?
May has decided to come up with a second referendum and even given the MPs a vote on the same. She has previously not been in favour of voting for the same, but she has changed her mind on the same, because of the cross-party talks and the unanimous opposition that she had to face. She thinks that she is giving Labour what they want, but that is not the case. She is not in favour of having a vote on the permanent customs union. Looks like she is only going to accept the results if they turn up for the temporary union idea she has.
What did she say?
“Labour are both sceptical of our ability to negotiate that and don’t believe an independent trade policy is in the national interest. They would prefer a comprehensive customs union – with a UK say in EU trade policy but with the EU negotiating on our behalf. If we are going to pass the withdrawal agreement bill and deliver Brexit, we must resolve this difference”.
“I have also listened carefully to those who have been arguing for a second Referendum. I have made my view clear on this many times. I do not believe this is a route that we should take, because I think we should be implementing the result of the first referendum, not asking the British people to vote in a second one”.
What John Mcdonnell said about her Speech?
“Let’s see the terms upon which she is offering the deal. We are going to look at the bill that she is going to produce, and we will study in detail, and we will take it very seriously. I can’t see from what she said today, that would be acceptable to parliament”.
“It doesn’t look as though we are going to get the security and protection of workers, rights and environmental rights. I can’t say that I am supportive.”
Reports also say that all these activities are also going to affect the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections. This all seems like the last try of Theresa as the proposals regarding the Brexit deal made by her have been rejected in the past as well. And what the popular belief is, every time she comes up with a rearranged set of words having the same content as the previously rejected deals.