As confirmed by all independent sources, this deal is dangerous for the economy and creates the perfect environment for a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, environmental rights and product safety standards for consumers.
Not only is this a bad deal for the UK and the EU, this deal also increases the risk of No Deal in the months to come. Under the Johnson deal, a Free Trade Agreement must be negotiated before the end of the transition period, in December 2020.
With little more than a year to negotiate and approve the UK’s final relationship with the EU, this deal locks the UK into a scenario where it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid No Deal.
If this deal is approved, it will not be the end of Brexit. Instead, not only will it be triggering further months of painful negotiations but it will also set the stage for an even tougher ultimatum: a choice between whatever Free Trade Agreement the Tories negotiate with the EU, and a No-Deal crash-out exit.
Johnson and his cabal of disaster capitalists have one fundamental plan in mind: deregulate the British economy, privatise our public services and strip away as many rights and protections as possible, turning the UK into the ultimate neoliberal safe-haven off the shores of Europe. If this deal is approved, it will be that much easier for them to achieve their nightmarish vision.
DiEM25 stands firmly behind the democratic alternative to the government’s “fast and furious” approach: we remain convinced that only more time and a better democratic process can bring the country together.
At the very least, a new extension of Article 50 must be granted to pave the way for a general election. Parliament must reject this deal and let the people decide for themselves the future of the country.
Statement by our DiEM25 UK National Collective
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