Firstly, congratulations to Sir John Redwood on his knighthood. John probably doesn’t know it but I used to live in his constituency and got to know him quite well over the years I lived. He’s a man of principal and highly intelligent – even if he couldn’t remember the words to the Welsh national anthem. But then again, Welsh is a dead language.
Anyhow, he’s unwavering on his opposition to the Withdrawal Agreement and his blog is well worth following on the subject of Brexit. Indeed, those who bang on about Leavers having put forward no alternatives to No Deal clearly have never read what he’s written over there.
A few days ago he published 8 reasons why the withdrawal Agreement is even worse than abad deal. I have taken the liberty of reproducing them below with embellishments of my own…
1. Signing the Withdrawal Agreement gives the EU what they want, taking away most of our bargaining power. Actually leaving us with no bargaining power at all. We just have to accept what they tell us.
2. The financial commitments are open ended, with some very long lasting. They will doubtless be much more than the Treasury £39 bn forecast. This is money given for nothing in return that we do not legally owe them. Indeed. This is thuth that Hammond and Co son’t want you to hear. It really doesn’t stop with the £39 bn.
3.We have to accept and follow any law they pass for the next two years or more, without any vote or voice to try to stop laws that damage our interests.Yep, we get to abide by their rules with no say about what they are. Mind you, they always outvotes anyway.
4. We cannot sign any trade deals with other countries all the time we stay in the so called Implementation period. Or in fact ever if we are locked int a Customs Union by a backstop we can never leave.
5.Under the Agreement we might be another 45 months stuck in the EU, making a total of 78 months or six and a half years from our decision to leave. Parliament promised to enact the decision of the People’s vote, not to delay it indefinitely. What? Only six and a half years. We can extend that easily using the backstop – and that ups the £39 bn payout again doesn’t it?
6.The Irish backstop splits the UK up. It also ensures that we can never leave without a trade deal in place and the EU is never going to give us one.
7. The Withdrawal Agreement is legally binding. The Political Declaration is a vague wish list including the contradiction of a possible free trade agreement and a possible customs partnership. The Political Declaration is a nonsense and not worth the paper it is written on.
8 Far from ending business uncertainty it prolongs it and makes it worse, as it makes a good outcome for the UK less likely. If we enter into a legally binding agreement based on a non legally binding addendum then we are committing economic suicide. There is no real business uncertainty, just a hyped up publicity stunt orchestrated by big businesses which, we should remember, are in the main not British and have their own interests at heart.
“NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL” and this is a very bad deal. It must be rejected and I sincerely hope that there more people in the House who are as resolute as Sir John in their opposition and less like the recent turncoats Leadsom and Fox…