Registered On: September 7, 2015
I don’t know, I find it hard to say. I don’t think remainers are immune to such behaviour and many of the FBPE crowd would reject it as such regardless (think of AC Grayling and the Stop Brexit guy, for example).
I like to think I would. The issue is that Brexiters have to skirt around the fact that this deal doesn’t offer an equivalence to Single Market, Customs Union etc access, despite claims that they would give in to such because they need us more than we need them. There are barriers to free trade where it didn’t exist before. Every other country is removing barriers for trade, whereas we’re putting them up. I don’t see how this is beneficial to us, so I regard it as poorer to what we had before. Especially when you consider that much of the talk of advantages is around sovereignty. Well, the trade deal specifies that we must follow EU regulations on administration, the environment etc or face tariffs. I don’t see how this a greater benefit here, as claimed, given we have to abide by the much of rules which were complained about before and now we have no say in the EU over such. Then there’s the increased bureaucracy from ensuring trade is what was agreed and that’s before going into the harder rules for travel, rights to live abroad and Erasmus.
So, no, I don’t see this deal as better than before and I don’t think it’s because of bitterness, but because I have disagreements with it. I feel those who claim it’s all because of bitterness would say it is to anyone critical when they don’t fit their preconceived notions of acceptable points. In other words, I think there is an element of not accepting others’ opinions going on (and, no, I don’t think this is always one way for the element of doubt).