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Hold on to your hats!

July 12, 2021 11:37 AM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

fk4a (Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash)19 months ago the Conservatives were elected on a promise to " get Brexit done". It was always a simplistic slogan but recent announcements suggest we may have left the EU but the manner of our leaving still has the potential to create tension and difficulties above and beyond the frictions and reduced trade we have already seen

Was it really only 18 months ago our Prime Minister was hailing his "great new deal" which was supported by the Labour Party and sailed through Parliament with the Liberal Democrats voting against

Two bits of news suggest that Brexit will stay on the front pages a while yet!!

Departure Bill

The publication of the EU's 2020 accounts revealed the European Commission expected €47.5bn (£40.8bn) from the UK, a sum up to £5bnhigher than British estimates.

The prime minister's spokesperson said: "We don't recognise that figure. It's an estimate produced by the EU for its own internal accounting purposes. Our estimate remains in the central range of £35bn-£39bn, and we will publish full details in parliament shortly."

For purist Brexiteers who believe we should not be meeting our past obligations and paying to leave it will be red rag to a bull. For those like us who call into question the competence of of the government this was only to be expected.

N Ireland Protocol

Whilst the crisis over this part of the deal was diffused by the EU delaying its implementation by 3 months to allow further time to manage its implementation

Despite the protocol forming part of an international treaty signed by the UK, Lord Frost our lead negotiator has said it was not "reasonable" to regard its text as the final word on arrangements for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

In a recent visit to Northern Ireland Lord Frost sought to blame the Theresa May government for the deal he and Mr Johnson finally negotiated even though Mrs May had said a border in the Irish Sea was something " no Prime Minister could ever agree"

Talk is now that the government will table proposals by 22nd July to resolve the issues or potentially to walk away from the agreement they have signed. That would give the EU the right to impose further penalties on UK trade

Hold on to your hats for more turbulence in the deal that was triumphantly announced as done!