Registered On: September 7, 2015
It’s as fair a deal as any that could be offered in the circumstances. The problem was always going to be that it was never going to be any better. Any argument that it wouldn’t have been were treated as project fear and just predictions, but that viewpoint is clear in how that can no longer be argued. What we have is not some equivalent to what we had and the means to make our economy as strong as possible with it, and the ability to keep our influence with it, leaves us weaker.
When push comes to shove I doubt the public will be screaming in delight at how sovereign we are if things worsen, and those thinking this is what really matters are just demonstrating how out of touch they are. Of course many may blame it on us being stabbed in the back by the EU, so I am not stating that hardship will lead to a resurgence in demand for us to rejoin the EU.
The pivot seems to be from we will get a deal on our terms, because we hold all the cards and they need us more than we need them to this deal is actually great, despite it clearly being in the EU’s favour, as it always was going to be. It’s true that many remainers were focussed solely on the threat of no deal, which has allowed this deal to be used as a bludgeon to them, but it doesn’t change the nature of how this deal is inferior to what we had before for us.
And those who thought that the referendum was the end of the Europe question, think again. The future is going to be dominated about whether we should seek closer relations with the EU, with potential talk of rejoining things like the Single Market, or demands from the Farages and ERG to go more towards WTO terms in future because this deal is a sell out with Johnson or whoever is in charge of the Tories trying to balance the best interests of the country with the demands of the ideologues, as it has been for the past few years.