Dec 13, 2020 -- 12:04PM, Johnny The Guesser wrote:
There are about 35 or so in the ERG but hundreds in the Labour party who voted against the May deal for differing reasons. The ERG wanted a hard Brexit , the Labour MPs wanted to remain at all costs (despite getting elected on a manifesto pledging to respect the referendum result). Without the Labour remain supporters blocking everything the ERG would have had little influence.I'm surprised you can't remember all this - It was headline news everyday.
You can't expect the opposition to just sign off on whatever you negotiated with you having had involved them. Gotta at least throw them some bones so they can sell it as a win to their voters. Still, I'm pretty sure MV4 would've gone through with the help of Labour rebels.
That's why the radical Brexiter Tories made sure to get rid of May just when there was a realistic threat of her getting her deal through.
Dec 13, 2020 -- 2:10PM, Foinavon wrote:
We import a lot more than we sell to them, what price access to our market? The biggest losers will be EU farmers as their produce can be easily replaced fro elsewhere. We pay the EU far more than we get back, better to cut out the middle man.
You get access to a brilliant workforce and financial passporting and stuff.
...or at least worth far more than your puny net contributions to the budget. The UK never understood this. Just looked at the, at first sight, somewhat biggish looking number to mere mortals, without looking at all the stuff it gets you.