In her speech in Belfast yesterday, the Prime Minister appeared to pour cold water on the so-called ‘Malthouse Compromise’ Brexit proposal, by making it clear she is not seeking to remove the Northern Ireland backstop from her Brexit deal.
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, stated:
“The so-called 'Malthouse Compromise' is not surviving contact with reality. We've had nearly three years of fantasy technological solutions, countless documents full of complex legalese and what feels like endless parliamentary debate. But neither the threat of a hard border in Ireland nor the core problem of Brexit is any closer to being resolved. This is not just about the backstop, it is a bad deal full stop.
“What was promised to people in 2016 simply cannot be delivered no matter how you slice or dice it, there is no form of Brexit that is as good as the deal we’ve already got in Europe. Theresa May's ever vaguer proposals will not resolve anything. It just means the debate about our relationship with the EU will go on forever, because all the big questions are still unanswered and successive governments will continue efforts to make sense of a deal that makes no sense for Britain. That's why the public need to have a final say through a People's Vote.”