According to reports from a number of major news outlets, a last-minute ‘breakthrough’ deal has now been agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union that will allow Brexit talks to ‘move on’ to the next stage.
In particular, it has now been agreed that there will no ‘hard border, between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, and it has also been agreed in principle that UK citizens will be able to continue ‘having their rights protected’ in the European Union and vice versa.
However, all parties have also made it perfectly clear that there is still a great deal of work to be done, and Nigel Farage has already appeared on BBC Radio to slam the announcement and say that this is not the Brexit that people voted for.
According to the BBC, these are the main points that have now been agreed:
- Guarantee that there will be “no hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic maintaining “constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom.”
- EU citizens living in the UK and vice versa will have their rights to live, work and study protected.
- Financial settlement which is “fair to the British taxpayer.”
That final point is the one that is most worrying on the surface of it – after all it doesn’t provide any specific detail, and who on Earth is able to pinpoint what is ‘fair?’
After all, we would say that ‘fair’ is a Brexit Bill of precisely ZERO, while many in Brussels (and for some ridiculous reason, our own Chancellor Philip Hammond) are quite happy to quote figures that are in the tens of billions of Euros.
Farage said, while referring to the transitional period and the ECHR issue:
“It’s not Brexit, we voted to leave the European Union.
“She (the PM) has given a foreign court jurisdiction over us for many years to come.”
He added: “Now at best we will not be leaving until 2021 and the next general election will be fought n this issue”.