The only way forward now is a People’s Vote because the Brexit deal…
• Shows what was promised in the last referendum can’t be delivered
• Is a much worse deal than the deal we’ve already got in the EU
• Will mean negotiations go on forever as successive governments try to make sense of something that makes no sense for Britain.
The same problems will apply to any form of Brexit, no matter how it is presented. That’s why the final decision should now be handed back to the people - because only they can sort this out.
The problem the Government has in getting its deal through parliament is because what was promised just can’t be delivered.
Whichever way you voted two years ago, nobody voted for a deal that makes you poorer and offers less control. Brexit campaigners promised we would continue to enjoy ‘the exact same benefits’ of being in the EU, while ‘taking back control’. But this deal shows these promises will be broken – not because the Government won’t keep them - but because they can’t be kept; no one can keep promises that are contradictory. Instead, this proposed Brexit deal delivers the exact opposite of what was promised: the UK would lose all its rights as an EU member – with less trade, fewer opportunities and lower living standards – while suffering the biggest loss of sovereignty and control in British history.
This is a much worse deal than the one we’ve already got in the EU.
As a raft of independent assessments - and even the Government themselves - have now acknowledged, the Government’s proposed Brexit would severely harm our economy.
Those who claim it would at least mean everyone can stop talking about Brexit are selling yet another fantasy.
After two years of negotiations, all we really know about our future relationship is a vague ‘Political Declaration’ and a “backstop” that leaves us in an even weaker negotiating position. Despite paying a £50 billion divorce bill, most of the major decisions have been postponed until after we’ve left, leaving us in an even weaker negotiating position than we are in now.
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.
There is no kind of fantasy Brexit deal that can meet all the promises made. The real choice now is whether to go ahead with a Brexit deal or stick with the deal we already have as members of the EU. Now we know what Brexit looks like, the public should be given the opportunity to decide in a People’s Vote – is this the kind of deal we want, or is the deal we already have in the EU better? In the end, only the people can sort this out.