Brexit Negotiations

Dear Editor,

British and EU negotiators have reportedly entered a ‘tunnel’ to seek a new Brexit agreement in the coming days. Hopefully this will not be as bad as May’s appalling deal, and of course we should not pre-judge something that we haven’t yet seen.

Even so, there are plenty of red flags already. Whilst the backstop is a big problem with the Withdrawal Agreement, we hear precious little of the other problems: EU courts having effective power over our own, EU procurement and state aid rules, financial services alignment and EU defence policy. 

If the deal allows us a way out, even if it takes time to fully extricate ourselves from the EU octopus, that’s one thing. But I can’t possibly support a Brexit deal if it keeps us trapped – forever – into allowing the EU continuing control over our lives. That outcome seems more likely. Be careful: the light at the end of the tunnel could be an oncoming train.

John Tennant MEP

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