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The Brexit Party's critical summary of Boris's "deal" 

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Tony Blair on TalkRadio

Video: He's right, you know...

"Bizarrely, though I profoundly disagree with him on whether Brexit is a  good idea, actually Nigel Farage has actually produced one of the better analyses of what the problem is with Boris Johnson's deal.

The problem in the end is if you really want to diverge on tax and regulation and go your own way on issues to do with trade, if you really want that, the only way you're going to get that is by doing no-deal. 

If you do a deal with Europe they're going to bolt you down as we've just seen in relation to Northern Ireland." 


Why Boris's "Get Brexit Done" deal is not Brexit.

Parliament will not be Sovereign

UK still governed by existing and new laws of the ECJ – a foreign court – and

with no say over these laws.
[WA articles 4, 87, 89 and 127, PD para 131]

Money demanded by EU: £39bn just the start

Minimum  £39 billion but this is likely to increase and the EU decides the final  sum. This must be paid BEFORE any trade deal is agreed.
[WA articles  138-144, and 152-155] 

No Trade Deal with EU: no, that's not included

Not included as this is just a divorce treaty. Any EU trade deal must ensure “a level playing field for open and fair competition” and “deep regulatory and customs cooperation”.  This will make it difficult for the UK to reduce non-tariff barriers in trade deals with USA, Australia, China, etc.
[PD paras 17 & 21] 

Prevents independent tax policy

Political Declaration still obliges UK to adopt a future relationship which will impose EU State Aid rules and “relevant tax matters” on the UK. EU specifically intends to curb UK’s ability to have “harmful tax practices”.  Withdrawal Treaty also applies EU law to UK during transition period -  allowing EU to sue UK, including infringement proceedings for as yet  unidentified breaches of State Aid rules and billions in VAT on  commodity derivative transactions dating back to 1970s.
[PD para 77, WA  articles 86, 93, 127]. 

Prevents independent Defence

UK to be bound by international agreements concluded by the EU despite  having no influence in their negotiation during the transition period  and must “refrain, during the transition period, from any action... which is likely to be prejudicial” to the interests of the EU.
[Articles 129(3) and (6)]. 

Prevents independent Defence

UK permanently stopped from taking “any action likely to conflict with or impede” EU’s foreign policies. Critical parts of section on foreign policy and  security are not reciprocal, eg future relationship will not “prejudice the decision-making autonomy of the EU” but no such language for UK – only permitted to “maintain the right to determine how [to respond] to any invitation to participate in operations or missions”. Also, parties “agree to consider” security collaboration in European Defence Agency, European Defence Fund, and PESCO “to the extent possible under [EU law]” which  is prescriptive (not permissive) obligation. Despite paying for  European Defence Agency during transition, British troops in EU  battlegroups will not be led by British staff officers.
[WA articles  129(6-7) and 156-157 and PD paras 99, 102(c)] 

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Controls UK Fishing

Common Fisheries Policy continues in UK waters during transition (which can be  extended) but UK will have no say in implementation or enforcement.  After transition, Political Declaration requires “cooperation on... regulationof fisheries, in a non-discriminatory manner” - code for continuing current arrangements for EU access to UK waters. Any trade deal to “ensure service providers and investors are treated in a non-discriminatory manner, including with regard to establishment” - prevents UK protecting quotas from EU purchase.
[PD paras 29 and 72] 

Replaces one EU Commission with another

New body established with “powers equivalent to those of the European Commission”.  UK must accept exclusive jurisdiction of Arbitration Panel and judgments of ECJ. Grants EU officials criminal immunity and exemption  from UK tax. Imposes gagging order on UK which must keep all EU  information confidential but EU can use UK information as it sees fit.
[WA articles 74, 101, 104-5, 106-116, 159, 168, 174] 

UK has up to EUR 500bn liabilities from EU Investment Bank but no profits

No  rights to past or future profits made from UK investment in EIB, no  rights to UK share of assets of EIB, yet UK remaining liable for risk of up to €500bn of guarantees. UK must let EU bid for UK public projects  at least during transition.
[WA articles 34, 75-78, 127, 143, 147, 150]. 

EU Colonisation

Makes  UK a bystander in laws that govern it - UK permitted to send civil  servant to Brussels to observe EU passing laws designed to disadvantage  UK economy during transition which might last many years. EU could  regulate London’s huge foreign exchange markets, impose financial  transaction tax that would be collected at UK expense by HMRC but sent  to foreign governments. 

[WA article 34] 

Letters to the Press

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