Why is the New Brexit Deal a ‘fig leaf’?

A Brexit Deal is most certainly welcomed against a no deal however it fails to protect the issues that real people actually cared about. British people care about being able to take their dog on holiday in the summer. Without pet passports that will no longer be possible. Roaming charges will skyrocket once again, card charges might too! Healthcare will go as well, anyone with a pre-existing medical condition may struggle to afford health insurance. Students cared about being able to spend a few months abroad to study in a different country, without Erasmus they lose their funding and their grades might not follow them home. How many families can afford to send their son/daughter to Paris for 3 months? Most of all, when we order Italian wine, we expect it to be Italian. When Italians buy our kippers, they expect them to be from the Isle of Man, what will happen to our food? Britain is a food loving nation and that seems to have been forgotten.

A thin fig leaf — the perfect metaphore for the Brexit Deal.

The way that this deal has been negotiated has been shambolic. Playing the ‘strongman’ card is unbefitting of a British Prime Minister. These negotiations have caused concern, worry and even panic for millions across the country. Nearly everybody is affected by our relationship with Europe, even if people don’t go to Europe on holiday and don’t work for a company that trades with Europe, simple necessities like food, could be affected by this deal. Nobody needed to be worrying about food prices as our country slipped into ruin because of Covid-19. Vegetables are expensive enough already.

We have learnt two key things from these negotiations. We need a new competent British government. The current circus has no place in Westminster. We need a real reformed government which looks out for individuals, protects our families and puts our country first. We need to end career politics, we need to introduce term limits and end chummy reshuffles in cabinet. The second thing we have learnt is that there was no deal better than membership. Nobody has won with these Brexit discussions. We were not able reap the benefits of leave or remain. We have wasted 4 years where we could have been healing our country. Now we must move forward, we need to rebuild our connection with Europe, we need to improve it and make it stronger than ever before as we rebuild Britain post-COVID-19.

Summary of the Brexit Deal compared to full membership.

Written by Alex Gunter, Renew Spokesperson on Youth. Avid Anti-Brexit Campaigner, co-founder of UKPEN, Alliance4Europe, Volt UK & the Rejoin Register. The Views in this short commentary are on the author only and do not represent the views of the Renew Party.

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