Theresa May has committed to ‘ten commandments’ as part of the new offer she is putting before Parliament in one final attempt to pass her Withdrawal Agreement. They include a vote on a second referendum. Read them here:
- The UK will protect jobs by seeking as close to frictionless trade in goods with the EU as possible while outside the single market and ending free movement.
- We will keep up to date with EU rules for goods and agri-food products that are relevant to checks at border – providing certainty for our vital manufacturing sector.
- The Government will bring forward a customs choice for MPs to decide on. This will be between (1) our proposal which delivers the benefits of a customs union but with the ability for the UK to determine its own trade policy; and (2) a compromise put forward in the talks with Labour -a temporary customs union on goods only, including a UK say in relevant EU trade policy and an ability to change the arrangement so a future Government could move it in its preferred direction.
- We will introduce a new Workers’ Rights Bill that guarantees workers’ rights will be no less favourable than in the EU.
- There will be no change in the level of environmental protection when we leave the EU.
- We will seek changes to the political declaration to reflect this new deal.
- There will be a vote for MPs to decide whether the deal should be subject to a referendum.
- The objectives for the negotiations on our future relationship with the EU will have to be approved by MPs.
- The Government will be under a legal duty to seek to conclude Alternative Arrangements to replace the backstop by December 2020, so that it never needs to be used.
- A commitment that, should the backstop come into force, the Government will ensure that Great Britain will stay aligned with Northern Ireland.
This will go down like a lump of cold sick for Tory Brexiteers. Key backers at the third meaningful vote are dropping away like flies…