The Brexit deal that the Prime Minister was claimed to have made in secret with the EU won’t be supported by Labour, it turns out. The deal that Downing Street has called “speculation” appeared to be an attempt by the Prime Minister to bring together Remainers and Brexiteers alike, essentially encouraging MPs to vote for a deal that keeps the UK temporarily inside the Customs Union, to avoid a border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Of course, the deal doesn’t actually solve anything. It just kicks the can down the road and means we can technically leave the EU in March, while buying some extra time to work out those pesky…details. But Labour isn’t on board, potentially throwing May’s plans into the air.
Shadow chancellor and unapologetic socialist, John McDonnell, told Newsnight last night that the Labour Party would reject any customs arrangement with the EU…unless it was permanent. Amazing, isn’t it? Labour have been so vague on their position on Brexit, but this really sets it in stone for us. They want Britain to be a vassal state and a colony of the EU. They want us to be bound to Customs Union rules and regulations without having any say on the matter. It’s the worst case of political masochism I’ve ever seen.
If this is true, though, it means that Parliament is significantly more likely to reject her deal with the European Union when the crunch day comes. There ain’t much time left, either! An agreement with the European Union needs to be made no later than the last week of November, and then it needs to go to Parliament. The news that Labour isn’t on board with her policy will no doubt be troubling to Mrs. May – as will the news that Brexiteers in the Tories are unlikely to agree to the proposal either.
Boris Johnson is clearly leading a revolt in the Tories against the proposal, and even moderate Brexiteer columnists and activists are speaking out against the deal. Iain Martin, columnist for The Times, wrote on Twitter:
“Still necessary to repeat this, it seems. No country, certainly not the UK, would sign up to have its territory divided by a foreign power, or to be locked in someone else’s customs union in perpetuity with no rights to leave.”
Well I’m sorry to say, but it seems like the Prime Minister is willing to do exactly that.