Britain’s painful path out of the European Union crossed a crucial threshold on Thursday when negotiators from London and Brussels agreed on a text outlining future ties, a document replete with promises of ambition but artfully ambiguous on crucial issues that have cleaved British politics.
The 26-page draft document is non-binding and would supplement a legal withdrawal agreement that lists the divorce terms reached between Britain and the European Union, which is scheduled to end on March 29.
Nevertheless, its conclusion opens the way for a summit meeting of the bloc leaders, who are expected to approve the overall plan for withdrawal, known as Brexit, on Sunday in Brussels.
“That deal is within our grasp and I’m determined to deliver it,” she added.
Mrs. May still face the daunting task of selling her Brexit plans to British lawmakers and hopes to achieve that using the latest text, which promises many things to many people, as part of what it calls an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership.
While pledging “deep and close” – but not frictionless – future trade ties, it hinted that Britain should choose a different economic path, reflecting the fundamental decision that British policy makers have so far fudged.
Despite some last -minute objections to the draft Brexit plan from Spain, on provisions concerning Gibraltar, analysts expect the deal to be signed off by European Union leaders on Sunday. Assuming it is, Mrs. May then faces a huge challenge in the British Parliament, where many lawmakers have already expressed their opposition to this Brexit plan.
Many of them are concerned about the legally binding withdrawal agreement, laying out measures to prevent the need for checks on goods flowing
Under disse planerne kunne hele Det Forenede Kongerige forblive i en europæisk toldunion midlertidigt, men kritikere fear that this could become a permanent arrangement, preventing the country from pursuing new trade deals around the world.
The document agreed on Thursday held out the prospect that technology could solve this thorny question – an apparent soup to the hard-line, pro-brexit faction. Det også refererte til britiske planer for en uavhengig handelspolitikk og for “ending of free movement of people”, der tillader regeringen i London at forhindre folk fra EU-lande fra at arbejde i Storbritannien.
Og det foreslog at British might strike een “associatieovereenkomst” met de bloc, een deal dat is dieper en dekt meer gebieden dan een vrijhandelsovereenkomst. Typisk, det er den slags forhold som er blevet tiltrukket af lande som ønsker at slutte sig til EU i stedet for at afslutte det.
Endnu en gang erklæringen er et ønske om fremtidige forhandlinger
Though the draft political declaration was intended to reassure some opponents, its critics immediately dismissed it. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labor Party, called it “half-baked,” a “vague menu of options” and “26 pages of waffle.” Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, wrote on Twitter that it was so vague that it adds to a blindfold brexit. “
Mark Francois, a senior pro-Brexit Conservative Lawmaker, told the BBC that the document was best described as a” fig leaf “and” 26 pages of political camouflage. “
” Everything the EU Wanted from the negotiations has ended in the withdrawal agreement – which is a legally enforceable international treaty, “said Priti Patel, another Brexit supporter and conservative lawmaker. “Everything the U.K.
Away from the political arena, Simon Fraser, a former top official at the British Foreign Office and a managing partner at Flint Global, a consultancy firm, said the document reflected ” good work “by British officials and that it moved the debate on to a new stage.
But, he added, it” also confirms we would leave with many open questions and a long road ahead. “