Vince Cable: How long before Brexit deal ripped apart by Tory Brexiteer MPs?

Vince Cable has given his first reaction to the initial Brexit deal announced this morning.

This agreement is welcome as it reduces the risk of a catastrophic No Deal Brexit. It also includes a role for the EU Court of Justice for eight years, a notable concession.

“But how long will this deal last before it is torn apart by Theresa May’s own MPs? And what will happen next, seeing as the Cabinet hasn’t even discussed yet what the final Brexit outcome should look like?

“There are still two opposing views in government, those who want a close arrangement with the EU and those who want to tear apart decades of work building ties with our closest trading partner.

“And there is still no solution over how to prevent a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The biggest obstacle to the government’s Brexit plans is being kicked into the long grass.

“The government is still a long way from a final deal, and even further from delivering on what the Brexiters promised.

“At the end of this process it is the British people, not Tory MPs and the DUP, who should get to decide whether the deal is good enough.”

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10 Comments

  • I’m not sure I’d want Theresa May knocking on my door at quarter to six in the morning.

  • Eddie Sammon 8th Dec '17 - 8:53am

    As someone moving to France over the next month I’m pleased that the cut-off date for free-movement rights is brexit day rather than earlier. However it would be better if free movement was going to stay.

    I can only speak for myself but I’m not too bothered about stopping brexit. For me it’s all about stopping hard brexit. The campaign to re-join the EU should start as soon as we leave, in my opinion.

  • William Fowler 8th Dec '17 - 9:52am

    So far so good, actually the Conservatives’ weakness in parliament may be helping as the EU does not seem to want a change of government and have to start again.

    Two views in cabinet, two views in the country, surely that is good news not bad.

    Rejoining the EU? That means joining the Euro, paying even more into the kitty and being an international laughing stock… don’t think so (I am a remainer BTW).

    My guess, end result will be business as usual with UK citizens losing easy access to 27 countries for work and retirement, plus the eventual erosion of various rights when the individual has a problem with large companies, councils or government.

    May is a big government, centerist playing ball with the hardcore right who don’t have enough support in the country to come out into the open and run, say, John Redwood as prime minister… she may yet survive!

  • Nick Collins 8th Dec '17 - 12:06pm

    Farage has been on BBC tv denouncing it as “a very bad deal, indeed”. Is that a ruse to help Theresa convince the rest of us that it’s something we should be able to live with?

  • Neil Sandison 8th Dec '17 - 12:08pm

    Well you know what its like at Christmas you get all sorts of strange gifts .This year its Irish Whiskey flavoured fudge thats been aligned with the requirements of a customs union but Theresa doesnt want the Brexit humbug group to know thats what they have brought into !

  • Nick Collins 8th Dec '17 - 12:27pm

    David, rather yours than mine: unless she were bringing a promissory note for £40 billion, that is.
    Neil, but can they ensure alignment between the distilleries in Antrim and Cork?

  • Red Liberal 8th Dec '17 - 4:00pm

    This ‘deal’ is a sham. Strips UK citizens of their rights to freedom of movement, and doesn’t do nearly enough to protect EU27 citizens in the UK, or UK citizens residing in EU27 nations. I’m appalled.

  • Guess we will now see a revival of UKIP over the next few months, just in time to take the protest vote and destroy any chances we had in the May elections.

  • OnceALibDem 9th Dec '17 - 10:18am

    Good statement from Vince. But you have to dig incredibly deep into any coverage to find a comment/response from the Lib Dems.

    When I speak to ex-Lib Dem colleagues I’m fairly amazed by just how much of a bubble they have from seeing things on social media. I don’t follow many pols on twitter (the three party leaders plus Tim I think). But see stuff from Labour and Corbyn way more than anything from Vince. One of my work colleagues is young, liberal/progressive-ish, anti Brexit and I regularly see her looking at politics news on her computer. She didn’t know who the Lib Dem leader was and when I told her said ‘oh the old guy’

    Vince needs to move beyond his comfort zone of sage punditry

  • Would that we still had parliamentarians of the stature of Harold Wilson, Dennis Healey, or Roy Jenkins. They would have torn this ‘Government’ to shreds over the way they’ve handled the issue of Brexit. Unfortunately the mediocrity, and that is erring on the positive side, doesn’t stop with the Tories.

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