Brexit – deal or no deal?


Sir, – An interesting week in Brexitland, with the Conservative Remainers putting party before conviction yet again. Theresa May has fudged her way forward with promises that can never be realised. Dominic Grieve, who had threatened that he could bring down the UK government, backed away and voted against his own amendment on Wednesday .

The Brexit dividend is going to help pay for the NHS, but what dividend is that? Nobody can quantify what that will amount to, if anything.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has warned the EU that it will be poorer if it does not allow financial services to be part of a future deal on trade. Really? The City is terrified of losing its status and Frankfurt is all set to gain.

We were told at the very beginning that it was not possible to include services, but David Davis said we would get pretty much everything we wanted but just not have to pay the subs to be in the club.

Airbus has just announced that it is very worried about a no-deal scenario. It has a workforce in the UK of up to 10,000 people, jobs that are now possibly at risk.

The Border issue, it seems, is still far from resolved, and it too is being pushed further down the road, and it is hard now to believe anything that is said, as the prime minister seems to say one thing one day and the next day say something else.

I believe that in the end it will come down to a threat from the UK side to go for a “take it or leave it” deal, believing that Europe will capitulate and give in for fear of what will happen. But Europe cannot afford to do that, for if Britain gets its way, it will spell the end of the European Union. Can’t you just see Nigel Farage, David Davis, and Jacob Rees-Mogg smirking away?

And remember, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. – Yours, etc,