May’s deceit exposed
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.