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Teresa May's Brexit Deal March 2019

A reminder of why Theresa May’s deal is so unacceptable

Why would the fifth biggest economic power in the world want to tie itself to a failing economic dinosaur like the EU, which is ruled by dictators that the voters can't remove? There is a world of opportunity out there. The UK's economy will boom once we get our freedom back. Roll on that day.

I couldn't care less if the PM goes early or not. I do care deeply that the PM is trying to keep our great country under the control of the EU dictators forevermore, with no exit door.

1 Sub Heading


2 Utter Failure to Deliver the People's Vote

Ever since the people of the EU voted to leave the EU in a referendum the government has delayed and then twisted and turned at every step to avoid implementing this decision.

3 Teresa May's so called "Deal"

Theresa May’s withdrawal Agreement is no such thing; it is a remainer ploy, that signs the UK up to a legally-binding international treaty that can only be changed by the unanimous consent of the 27 EU member states.


This proposed international treaty breaches the referendum. It goes against both the spirit of the referendum and the clearly setup and well-defined terms. It breaches the clear manifesto pledge of the Conservative Party during the 2017 election. It potentially results in Northern Ireland permanently remaining in the Single Market – creating a border between it and the rest of the UK; and it hands over a minimum of £39 billion of UK wealth for an Agreement worse than the status quo.


The Political Declaration drawn up by the EU, which Terresa May meekly submits to, commits the UK to "an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership across trade and economic cooperation, law enforcement and criminal justice, foreign policy, security and defence and wider areas of cooperation", which would amount to membership in all but name.

6 Tied Up

It dictates the the UK the following obligations set out by EU law and non-negotiable and certainly not changeable by this or and future UK Government:
  1. Creation of a free trade area
  2. Setting up a "single customs territory"
  3. Provisions to enable free movement of capital
  4. Liberalisation in trade in services well beyond the Parties’ World Trade Organisation commitments and building on recent Union Free Trade Agreement
  5. A level playing field for open and fair competition


The Declaration proposes an "overarching institutional framework" which "could take the form of an Association Agreement". Association means Associate membership, which effectively means staying in the EU.


Paragraph 89 of the Declaration obliges the police to arrest people deemed to have committed ‘political offences’ This is kind of crime not known in our law, which is reminiscent of wrong think in the book 1984. Remember, the EU’s Attorney-General has said that "Criticism of the EU is akin to blasphemy."


Oddly, the Declaration proposes "developing alternative arrangements for ensuring the absence of a hard border on the island of Ireland", so they accept that we can avoid a hard border in Ireland with no need whatsoever for a backstop or a customs union.

10 Trapped in EU Slavery Forever

The Agreement gives the EU a veto on UK withdrawal. If the current Withdrawal Agreement is passed into law, the UK cannot unilaterally withdraw from the Agreement. The EU can keep us in forever by refusing to revise the Agreement. It is a sham negotiation by both sides: the EU has got exactly the Agreement it wants. Why would they it change now?


It makes us a rule-taker in almost all areas of EU competence. Should it be agreed, Parliament would effectively be forced to accept, apply and obey whatever regulations the EU proposed and be bound by all rulings by the European Court of Justice. Contrary to the Prime Minister’s Lancaster House speech and manifesto pledge, the European Court of Justice retains de facto primacy over the UK, remaining the final arbiter of the Agreement and of the EU laws that affect us. Thus, the Agreement is remaining in the EU in all but name, but no longer having a say, thus breaking the spirit of the referendum result and the election manifesto promises.


The Agreement requires us to keep in regulatory alignment with the EU on matters such as agriculture subsidies and tax policy. This would effectively give the EU control over the UK’s economic policy. The UK would not be able to lower taxes and increase subsidies where necessary to vital parts of our economy.


We would be listed as a "participating state" within the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism, paving the way for us to having to contribute money to any Eurozone bailout. (The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was how we were forced into giving the Eurozone money after the 2008 economic crash.)


The Agreement stipulates the ECJ and the European Commission would be able to set the legal levels of our financial contributions to fund EU bodies which the Agreement commits us to be part of. In effect we would be handing the EU a blank cheque


It aims to retain some preferential treatment towards EU citizens from the other 27 Member States – specifically in areas of education and work. Why should EU citizens get preferred over those from the rest of the world? Wouldn't that be discrininatory?


The Agreement commits us to contribute towards funding and supplying our troops for any future EU military operations and commits us to sharing sensitive intelligence data with the EU after Brexit.


It commits us to sharing the sensitive data of our citizens with European databases.


We would hand over a minimum of £39 billion (and possibly as much as £60 billion) of taxpayers’ money to the EU without agreeing any future deal on trade, other than being tied to the current acquis communautaire in its near entirely. This is like paying for a house before you have seen the title deeds.


The Agreement includes future negotiations on the Common Fisheries Policy, at the last minute and against all promises to the contrary. In the transition period the May government has guaranteed that access to UK fishing grounds will become a bargaining chip to be traded away, as President Macron confirmed immediately after the Withdrawal Agreement was signed.


  1. Can you give examples of both:
    1. On the contrary
    2. to the contrary


By treating Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the UK, the Agreement raises the question of introducing a different deal for Scotland.


Article 18 of the Protocol says, "If the application of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties liable to persist, or to diversion of trade, the Union or the United Kingdom may unilaterally take appropriate measures." So, in the event of any disturbance, of any kind, the EU has the right to act unilaterally in any way it sees fit.


Furthermore this "deal" sets out the core rules governing the single customs territory. The UK commits to align with the EU's Common External Tariff, and with the Common Commercial Policy on trade in goods with countries outside the EU. The text provides for the UK to remain within the EU's trade defence regime for the duration of this Single Customs Territory regime and since the EU may control the termination of this agreement, this could effectively tie the UK in to all these rules forever.
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