Well, it’s been a while since we had our Great Bexit Debate thread, Now things have changed - kind of…
I’d say everything has changed for the absolute worse for Britain. The Boris Johnson deal isn’t a deal at all if you read it. It pretty much kicks British European MPs out of Brussels on October 31st, but then everything continues as normal.
Free trade and free movement will continue until the end of 2020. However, this period can be extended indefinitely. It also probably would be, given the fact MP’s and businesses are so terrified of what might happen when Britain does leave the EU, that MPs have already drawn out Brexit for 3-years already.
At this point, the BJ deal is just Brexit in name only - with the small caveat that it makes Britan a vassal state of the EU in the truest form possible. I find the irony in that quite incredible.
All that said, I’m all for it!
The way the new deal approaches the Ireland issue means that Northern Ireland will get to vote whether it stays linked to the EU customs union every 4-years. The way I see it, this will eventually see the UK locked into the EU indefinitely. Britain might want to leave but Northern Ireland might want to stay close to the EU, and leaving at the end of a transition period would, therefore, mean splitting up the UK.
Indefinitely extending transition periods could also be the only thing that appeases Scotland enough to not go independent.
Sadly, this all comes at the expense of the UK paying more to the EU and not getting anything in return. I’m just for it all as I want to be able to say “I told you so” in a few years time and retain my freedom of movement. If the deal passes, I’ll be moving to Bansko in Bulgaria in spring and get to take my now 2 dogs with me with the option of returning to Malta if I don’t like it. If it doesn’t pass, I’ll be in Georgia by the end of November, but will only be able to keep 1 dog.
As I said, all my reasons for being pro-BJ at this point are very selfish. What, though, are your views - if you have any either way?