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A BAD DEAL THAT WILL MAKE PEOPLE'S LIVES POORER

December 30, 2020 3:21 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats
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A You Gov poll today appears to give an overwhelming thumbs-down to the Brexit trade deal, just 17 per cent saying they think it will be "good" for the country.

Even among Leave voters, only 27 per cent told a survey that the deal was a success - and only one in three Conservative supporters said it was. This contrasts somewhat with the Prime Ministers claim it is a fantastic deal

But the poll also found that a majority of Britons do want MPs to approve the agreement in the Commons today - by a wide margin of 57 per cent to 9 per cent given they see the other option as an even worse "no deal".

Parliament is being given just one day to debate a deal which is going to impact on every one of our lives and prosperity. What a farce! The idea of leaving the EU was supposed to be that Parliament became sovereign and here we are ramming a complex 1200 page deal through with almost no debate or scrutiny

With Labour saying they will support the Government the deal is sure to pass

The Liberal Democrats have however announced that they will vote against Boris Johnson's "threadbare" deal because it is "bad for jobs, business, security, and our environment".

The Party has also lodged a reasoned amendment to the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill in which it warns the Bill does "not meet the undertakings given to the people of the UK by the Prime Minister."

The amendment, which is to now be considered by the Speaker, criticises the Bill for erecting non-tariff barriers on businesses, ending the UK's participation in Erasmus and mutual recognition of professional qualifications, depriving the UK's financial services sector of passporting rights, and cutting off the UK police from direct access to EU-wide law enforcement databases.

Ed Davey, photo taken by Richard Townsend (Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

"It is clear that this is a bad deal that will make people's lives poorer, so the Liberal Democrats will vote against it.

"This botched deal leaves the services sector in limbo and is the only 'free' trade deal in history to put up barriers and increase red tape, bringing long delays and higher costs.

"We all are desperate to move forward, to see our country united again, to restore our economy and our communities after a terrible year. Even by his own low standards, Boris Johnson's deal just makes that more difficult.

"The only way forward is to agree an adjustment period to ease the pain for businesses and quickly get to repairing the UK's damaged relationships with our most important international partners."

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