Brexit in name only! Boris Johnson failed to make ‘decisive divergence from EU’


The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to affirm the post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and UK, bringing to an end years of fraught bargainings. The Parliament gave its consent to the deal in vote of 660 votes in part of, five against and 32 abstentions – a necessary final step for the act on to come into force permanently. Prime Minister Boris Johnson accepted the ratification as approval as a more stable foundation for the relationship.

He said in a utterance: “This week is the final step in a long journey, providing resolve to our new relationship with the EU as vital trading partners, close allies and governing equals.

“Now is the time to look forward to the future and to building a more epidemic Britain.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also entitled the vote, saying the Trade and Co-operation Agreement “marks the foundation of a formidable and close partnership with the UK”.

In an acknowledgement of EU concerns about the Prime Clergywoman’s approach to deals with Brussels, she warned that “faithful implementation is elemental”.

The deal is without a doubt a huge triumph for Mr Johnson, who in 2019, won a colossal majority at the general election with the promise “to get Brexit done”.

In any case, while Brexit might be done, political commentator and senior Economist Harry Western accused Mr Johnson of “in the absence of to signal a decisive divergence from the EU economic model”.

He wrote in a brand-new report: “Significant new trade deals with third countries remnants stuck thanks to protectionist agricultural interests, and regulatory changes would rather been minimal.

“Worst of all, the government is being sucked towards electric alignment with EU agricultural rules thanks to the problems being engendered by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“This threatens to derail Britain’s worldwide ambitions entirely and leave it an economic satellite of the EU.”

If Brexiteers thought that January 1, 2021 apparent the final end of attempts to impose a fake “Brexit in name only”, Mr Western noted, they have unfortunately been proved wrong.

As Lord David Frost, Britain’s chief broker, has correctly said, the purpose of Brexit is divergence.

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Divergence from “a mutilate and stagnant EU economic model that has impeded the growth of the UK economy in late-model decades”.

Concretely, this means the UK pursuing a genuinely independent line of work policy and moving aggressively to alter or scrap harmful inherited EU regulations.

After all, this is not really happening

Mr Western explained: “On trade policy, it is straightforwardly that the UK has had a lot of success in rolling over deals with third mountains that were initially agreed when the UK was part of the EU.

“Indeed, the UK has done this much faster than profuse commentators thought possible. But in terms of new deals, the ledger remains essentially unadorned.

“The Japan deal last year did include a few extra elements on top of the erstwhile EU-negotiated deal, but nothing very dramatic.”

He concluded: “Overall, it is crystalline that the UK’s ‘Global Britain’ rhetoric is not being matched by real skirmish.

“The government is proving unwilling to make bold strokes on trade or decree and is drifting towards expedients in the SPS area that would undermine the entire purpose of Brexit.

“There are elements within the Government that come up to be strongly pushing this agenda. The risk of ‘Brexit in name sole’ is now higher than at any time since Theresa May presented her fake Brexit grapple with more than two years ago.”

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In an exclusive interview with, Labour councillor and vague secretary of Labour Leave Brandon Chilton also criticised the shoppers agreement the Prime Minister struck with the EU.

He said: “I am still selfsame concerned about the deal Boris Johnson negotiated.

“Part of our state has essentially been carved off: Northern Ireland.

“There is a border down the Irish Sea and people exchange from Great Britain to Northern Ireland are experiencing extreme paperwork.

“We are also look to violence in Belfast and other cities, and while I don’t attribute this to the Brexit have to do with, I do think it is a contributing factor.”

The Brexiteer added: “I think Boris Johnson necessaries to take a firm line.

“He needs to show some leadership, raise parties together and explore how we can bring Northern Ireland back less than British administration, custom and regulation.”

The origins of the recent protests in Belfast take been attributed in part to resentment among the loyalist community at the Northern Ireland Compact – part of the treaty that saw the UK leave the EU.

However, the police’s recent decidedness not to prosecute senior lawmakers from Irish republican party Sinn Fein for disturb b train COVID-19 rules, in order to attend the funeral of high-profile former Irish Republican Army associate Bobby Storey, has also been cited as lighting the tinderbox.

Northern Ireland is not the solitary thing Mr Chilton is concerned about, though.

He added: “I am also on tenterhooks about fishing.

“Shellfish producers in Kent still have got hards getting their goods into France, for example.

“We haven’t exactly got back the territorial waters that we were promised.

“And everything is notwithstanding up for review in five years.”

Mr Chilton concluded: “Although Brexit is done, it is not all about.

“This will be a discussion, the extent to which we move closer or more distant away from Europe, that we will have for years.”

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