THERESA MAY ADDRESSING BRUSSEL SUMMIT
The British Prime Minister Theresa May had a turbulent time in unveiling her Brexit deal compromise to the public last week.
Theresa May had to fight the political storm amidst the calls for her ouster from the members of her own party , facing the wrath of resignations of two of her cabinet Ministers as well.
The Union European leaders approved a landmark agreement on Britain’s exit from European union on Sunday .
British Prime Minister Theresa May will find it hard to sell the deal to her recalcitrant parliamentarians over the next two weeks — a huge responsibility to dispense off with , considering the intense opposition from her Conservative lawmakers having voiced towards the Brexit deal.
Looking to the vexed deal the new Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is urging earnestly the colleagues to support the deal as May Theresa, British Prime Minister fears “more division and uncertainty” in case law makers reject the hard fought deal.
Concluding the special summit in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Sunday a “sad day.”
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker further said “I don’t think that Britain will be a third country like other third countries.”
“There is, between us — something — which are the remainings of love,” he continued.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said with a regret “the deal — the product of a year and a half of often grueling negotiations between Britain and the EU — was regrettable, but acceptable. I believe that nobody is winning. We are all losing because of the U.K. leaving,” Rutte said. “But given that context, this is a balanced outcome with no political winners.”
It took minutes for the leaders at Sunday’s summit in Brussels to endorse the withdrawal , a withdrawal agreement that settled the divorce of Britain from the European Union. However the bill protects the rights of U.K and EU citizens affected by Brexit and ensures that the Irish border to be open.
Speaking at the Brussels Summit May said “ the British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing for Brexit.”
When asked to explain if she shared the sentiment, May said, “No: but I recognize that others do; I recognize that some European leaders are sad at this moment.”
The most difficult task to get her deal passed by the House of Commons , striking a defiant note she expressed “one of the most significant votes for many years”
She further clarified that despite knowing the fact that the MPs hold the key of her fate but she would “directly talk to the people of Britain” and would most likely start the campaign of selling deal to the public at large in a few day’s time.
The campaign would essentially revolve round explaining the merits of deal ,halting “vast annual payments roughly 350m Pounds a week“ to the EU, diverting the same to the health services. ,and also ending jurisdiction of the European Court of justice some of the many other advantages of the Brexit deal. May stressed the government’s keenness to address to domestic priorities .
She refused to rule out resigning if the deal was rejected by parliament next month concluding “it is not about me”
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the odds ends of the deal itself for smooth sailing are “ looking challenging “and could even collapse the government in case MPs reject it in the Parliament.
He told BBC : “It’s not possible to rule out anything, and that’s why all of us have to do is say, what do your constituents actually want in this situation, and we have to work out what’s in the national interest, and it’s all about the balance of risks. This isn’t a perfect deal for everyone, but does have a lot of what everyone wants.”
May insisted she would leave no stone unturned to see the Brexit deal through the Parliament and in an open “letter to the nation” released Sunday, May said she would be “campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”.
May is doing her best to sell the Brexit deal to the recalcitrant House of Commons with a choice to back the deal or face the economic crunch of crashing out of Europe without an adequate plan.
However pro Europeans argue if the European court confirms that Britain has right to stop the countdown and return to European Union.
Under the Article 50 of the European Treaty any member state can declare its intention to quit the union , and follow Britain to quit the EU on 29th March 2018, after the voters backed the Brexit in Nationwide referendum on 29th March 2017.
So the dice is cast. Theresa May is on tenterhooks awaiting the results anxiously next month.