UK Prime Minister Theresa May came under a lot of criticism after outlining her Brexit plan. The 12-point plan focusses on UK leaving the single market that European Union (EU) is. However, it attempted to establish trade ties and gain access to the members by negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU. In addition, her plan aimed at having control over the country’s laws, looked to further develop the union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as control immigration.
However, her plan was met with sharp criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Senior Adviser. Michael Fuchs, German Politician and Senior Adviser to Merkel said that May’s plan was not possible because “you can’t eat a cake without paying for it”. However, he is not the only one to criticize May’s Brexit plans.
Guy Verhofstadt, a former Prime Minister of Belgium and Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London too have slammed the hard Brexit policy. An article in Independent states that May wants to take UK out of the single market on one hand. Yet, on the other, she wanted to discuss a way to access it. She also told those present at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Britain would rather have no deal than a bad deal, if the EU could not come to a better agreement.
“I did not really get it out of this speech that she wants to give up something, said Fuchs about May’s Brexit proposal. “It was a little bit like cherry picking. So to speak: you can’t eat a cake without paying for it,” he added. He continued by giving an example of countries such as Switzerland and Norway, who paid much more than UK’s per capita to the EU. “Britain doesn’t want to do anything. I think this is not possible,” he added.
Verhofstadt supported Fuchs arguments by saying that May was attempting to create an illusion that one can move out of the single market yet have a number of advantages. He added that EU leaders will not accept a situation, which misleads people into believing that it is better to stay out of a single market than be an EU member.
However, Fuchs and Verhofstadt are not the only ones criticizing May. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan too thinks that May’s proposal will rip Britain apart. A report in The Guardian states that Khan has warned that Hard Brexit will risk the country’s economy and prosperity in coming years.
Snapshot of May’s Brexit plan
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans aims to get the country a good deal abroad as well as one for people working in the country. An article in The Telegraph states that it seeks to end the jurisdiction of European courts in UK. It also aimed to control immigration and protect workers’ rights. The Brexit plan also aimed at negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU and with countries outside of EU.
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