May’s de­ceit ex­posed

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UK ci­ti­zens liv­ing else­where in the EU will “have their rights pro­tected”. Only up to a point. They won’t have the right to move be­tween the 27 EU coun­tries un­less and un­til that is agreed in the ne­go­ti­a­tions that flow from the fu­ture dec­la­ra­tion. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the au­thor of the ‘hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment’ for for­eign­ers was less con­cerned in her let­ter with the right of EU ci­ti­zens in the UK. They will have to pay to ap­ply to con­tinue liv­ing and work­ing here. “A free trade area will al­low goods to flow eas­ily across our bor­ders.” “Eas­ily” is not the same as the “fric­tion­less” trade that was promised, and which she failed to de­liver. “Se­cu­rity co-op­er­a­tion will con­tinue, so we can keep our peo­ple safe.” Well, it might. But this is all kicked into the next phase of the process. It is not all sorted, and she is be­ing less than straight with peo­ple in pre­tend­ing oth­er­wise.

“Out­side the EU, we will be able to sign new trade deals with other coun­tries.” Pres­i­dent Trump didn’t get the let­ter ei­ther. This is another piece of the ac­tion she said would be sorted by now, and it’s not. She has locked her­self into big re­stric­tions on the deals the UK can sign with non-eu coun­tries, while putting at risk the trade deals with 88 coun­tries we have as EU mem­bers.

“With Brexit set­tled, we will be able to fo­cus our en­er­gies on the many other im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing us here at home.” Here she is try­ing to pre­tend her deal gets Brexit off our plates and out of our lives. It does any­thing but. Be­cause she failed to se­cure clar­ity about the fu­ture, kick­ing many big ques­tions down the road,

we will be locked into ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU for years to come. Brexit will con­tinue to con­sume the gov­ern­ment band­width.

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