He expects her plan to be voted down on Tuesday, calls for a renegotiation which she could not conceivably lead – and rules out Norway Plus.
“The backstop would endure indefinitely, and it would tie us to the Customs Union with no escape.”
If all this is correct, the EEA route seems to me a sensible way forward if Parliament can’t agree on a deal.
There is concern in some capitals that the UK can use it to secure privileged access to the Single Market in goods with, over time, a competitive advantage.
EU federalism will be stronger in Britain, as rules are simply imposed on you. And stronger in the rest of Europe – because you’re leaving us.
Instead of leaving the Customs Union but retaining chunks of the Single Market – we shall end up staying in the Customs Union but leaving most of the Single Market.
“What I saw, over the last week and a half to two weeks, makes it very, very difficult for someone like me to support this deal.”
“What’s proposed would leave Britain with all of the duties, costs and obligations of membership, but with no voice, no vote and no veto.”
Troublingly, such concerns are the basis for the most unpopular provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.
My conversations with Party members and constituents have provided an almost consistent message that the Prime Minister should be supported.
Opposing this proposal serves only to help those who wish to undermine our desire to respect the referendum result. It is only by being united that we can fight them off.
We set five tests for it. Does this draft agreement pass them? And does it really take back control of our borders, laws and money?
For nothing in return, by way of a guaranteed free trade deal, the Prime Minister is willing to hand over at least £40 billion, potentially £60 billion.
“No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control… nor the ability to decide to exit”.
I am deeply disappointed by the path that the Prime Minister has chosen. It seems to be the very opposite of what the British people voted for.