Pushing on six months later and following demand after demand, Theresa May has finally partially let us know what some of her Brexit plans entail. She released her twelve point negotiating strategy. In this post I will give my brief opinion on some of her points, but before we get stuck in, have a gander at her points here.
“We will provide certainty wherever we can”
This really stood out to me. At first glance our PM is saying a compilation of words that isn’t really saying much. To be fair, Ms May did go on to elaborate this point. She did reinforce that she will not give a play-by-play analysis of the negations, and that we should keep quiet while she sorts out the mess; at least that’s how it translated to me.
She did also confirm that Parliament will have a chance to vote on the final negotiation deal. It’s great that we the public, via our MPs, still get somewhat of a say on the final plan. I will advise if you do want to express your view on the plan, get in contact with your MP and express your opinion to them via email or letter, even if they are on the other side of the political divide to you. You can find their contact details online at www.theyworkforyou.com.
There was one line in her speech that made me slightly uncomfortable, “opposition for opposition sake”, which in my opinion could give those who are adamant on Brexit a reason to shut down legitimate concerns and criticisms. (I bet somewhere someone is reading this calling me Bremoaner!).
I think the biggest shock for me is the UK leaving the Single Market and Customs Union. I was hoping that May would go for an arrangement similar to Norway or Switzerland. There could be some upside to this; May mentioned the UK being more international facing and making new trade deals with India, Brazil and America, which means in the future my make up orders shipped from the USA won’t be held for ransom at the Post Office until I pay a fee, or at least the fee will be a lot less!
She didn’t mention much about the Commonwealth, which was rather disappointing, but there is still time to develop that thought. We still have no real clear answer on whether EU nationals will be allowed to stay but their “rights” – whatever that means – will be protected. Will I need a visa to visit Europe? Who knows, we still have a long way to go with this thing.
The speech didn’t really give much detail, however this is a signal for us to keep our eyes open.