Cabinet ministers were invited to read the draft deal with the EU yesterday. The deal is believed to include controversial new measures that would keep the UK within the Customs Union for a period of time, which helps resolve some of the problems surrounding Ireland.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, after seeing the incomplete agreement, told Sky News that it was a “great document.” Though, he would, wouldn’t he?
May seems to be really upping the ante, preparing for a deal in a few weeks’ time. She’s reportedly also reaching out to Angela Merkel, who believes that avoiding No Deal is in the interest of Germany, to try and finalize the nearly-complete deal. The Prime Minister spoke with the German chancellor on Tuesday night, in an effort to complete the deal before next Monday when a summit to finalize the deal will hopefully be called.
The deal all rests on whether Parliament will even vote for the deal, though. Tory back-bencher, Jacob Rees-Mogg, told ITV journalist, Robert Peston, that if the Brexit deal involves any extension to the Customs Union, then he will vote against it. You can bet that the membership of the European Research Group – as many as 80 Tory MPs – will also vote against it.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis also believes that opposition to the deal will be so great that MPs will probably vote against it. He told BBC Radio Four that he believed a defeat in the Commons would mean the UK and EU would agree on a better deal, and that the UK already has “hundreds” of plans ready in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal. There might be “some hiccups,” he said, but the UK is a big country and “we can look after ourselves.” Which is certainly nice to hear.
I just can’t help but wonder why the government, if it’s true they have hundreds of plans in place, haven’t been considering the benefits of leaving without a deal this whole time.