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Altnewsmedia brings you the news that a much respected UK university based research facility has described Theresa May’s White Paper as a ‘Brexit, but in name only.’
The Centre for Brexit Studies based at Birmingham City University has analysed Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint, in order to understand the Prime Minister’s plan for Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies states: “Like the rest of the country and indeed the EU, we have long awaited the publication of the Brexit White Paper. “Today we learn that the plan appears to be exiting the European Union, whilst maintaining many of the same rules and freedoms that we currently subscribe to.
“The plan envisions that we will still participate in EU agencies that provide authorisations for goods in highly regulated sectors – namely the European Chemicals Agency, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Medicines Agency – accepting the rules of these agencies and contributing to their costs.
“Will the EU agree to keeping almost everything the same, whilst rescinding on freedom of movement and losing the UK as part of the EU27? I doubt it and I suspect that many Conservative backbenchers will be unhappy to commit to ‘binding provisions’ around future trading arrangements. Similarly, Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition may well oppose the envisioned rules over state aid and competition. As such there is a very real possibility that the government’s proposals may fail to secure parliamentary approval in addition to the EU’s potential qualms over ‘cherry picking.’ We await the EU’s response with bated breath and I believe we’re in for an interesting few months following that.”
Altnewsmedia notes that once again we witness a chasm between what Theresa May claims her deal represents and what those who study it actually conclude!