A bad deal but with no al­ter­na­tive

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

IT has been a long time com­ing but to­day – at last – the UK and EU will sign off on a Brexit deal.

It is not a good deal. It is a bad one. And Theresa May will now sell it to the na­tion as a bad deal be­ing bet­ter than none at all.

Which turns on its head her ear­lier prom­ise that no deal was bet­ter than a bad deal.

We all now know that would be a catas­tro­phe. But it just shows what a hope­less mess Mrs May has got her­self in since we voted to leave the EU 29 months ago.

If you were buy­ing a house the last per­son you would want to ne­go­ti­ate the sale is the Prime Min­is­ter.

Yet her bad deal is the only of­fer on the ta­ble. And it is not in the na­tional in­ter­est for those such as Boris John­son to wreck this just for the hell of it.

Nor do we ap­pre­ci­ate at­tempts to throw a Spa­niard in the works. Spain’s PM Pe­dro Sanchez was rightly ticked off by EU lead­ers for risk­ing to­day’s sum­mit by cyn­i­cally play­ing the Gi­bral­tar card at a crit­i­cal mo­ment.

What­ever the fail­ings of the fi­nal plan Mrs May ne­go­ti­ated, no one has come up with a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive.

Nei­ther Nor­way’s sin­gle mar­ket ac­cess nor Canada’s free trade ar­range­ment cut the mus­tard over the Ir­ish bor­der, which this news­pa­per has long said can only be kept open in a UK-wide cus­toms union.

Next month MPs must vote to ac­cept or re­ject what Mrs May and 27 other EU lead­ers have agreed.

They must think long and hard of the chaos they will cause if they bin this plan with­out a re­place­ment.

Mrs May is now go­ing over their heads to ap­peal to the na­tion for our sup­port.

She will find that what we want from her and all our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives is just one thing. To damn well get on with it.

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