Hold Them To Account
December 29, 2020 7:52 PM
By Ellen Nicholson
Whilst it may seem hard to reconcile, the statement that having a deal is both good and bad when placed in their proper context.
On one hand, it is "good news" because, with time rapidly running out, the only alternative was the economic catastrophe of leaving the European Union without a trade deal. There are many businesses who will be breathing a sigh of relief.
However, when measured against remaining a member of the EU, Brexit is still a monumental act of national self-harm that will blight the UK economy and the lives of its citizens for years to come.
The deal itself is threadbare a shadow of what we had. Despite much talk from Johnson and co (including remember SW Wiltshire's own vote leave supporting MP Andrew Murrison) about the ability of the UK to strike its own trade deals, we wait to hear news of any such agreement that delivers better terms than those enjoyed by EU member states.
Given Brexit Britain's pressing need for deals, particularly with the US, and the size of its economy relative to the EU's, this seems a tough ask of our negotiators. It is certainly the case for fisheries who have been sold upriver and are seething.
We are all tired of Brexit, tired of the division in the Country, but that is not a reason nor excuse to allow those MPs and those in power who mis-sold the dubious benefits of Brexit to the public, not to be held to account along with their chattering sychophants when things become difficult for the public in 2021 onwards.