Prime Minister Theresa May’s trademark indecisiveness on the direction in which she plans to take the country post Brexit has reared its ugly head once again, as its been reported in the Telegraph and the Express that she plans to appoint a Cabinet Minister for no deal in her recent cabinet reshuffle. Of course, there is already a Minister of the Department for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MP (otherwise known as the Brexit Secretary). May plans to base this new minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union alongside Davis, who is leading negotiations between the UK and the EU on the terms of the relationship between the two post Brexit.
Theresa May. Source: Getty
This process began in March 2017, when the PM triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which gave the UK and the EU two years to finalise any agreement. Theresa May’s shuffle has taken away staff and resources from David Davis’ department to appease a plucking, influential group of backbenchers in her party who are determined to take a hard stance in negotiations with the EU. By appointing a minister for no deal, she’s attempting to demonstrate to those Brexiteers and the EU itself that Britain is serious about leaving the EU without a formal deal.
The consequences of a ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019 are nearly all encompassing, and regardless of any bravado from Theresa May, it would offer the sort of uncertainty that goes against everything a “strong and stable” government is meant to stand for.
EU single air traffic control system will negatively affect British citizens post Brexit. Source: Getty
For example, EU citizens in the United Kingdom and vice versa would be without any defined legal status, and air travel would stop immediately and indefinitely because the EU has a single air traffic control system we would no longer be a part of. There would be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, contrary to the Good Friday Agreement which stopped decades of the Irish Troubles, and business trading with Europe would suddenly have to pay 20% VAT without being able to reclaim it.
These are all undesirable outcomes of Brexit negotiations for the future of our country, more reason for Theresa May to stop trying to tactically outmanoeuvre the ideologies in her party and begin to think strategically of the benefit of a positive deal with the European Union. Barclays have chosen Dublin as its post Brexit European base, and Theresa May’s reported plans will take away resources from Brexit negotiations and possibly provoke more businesses to follow suit and notch up their relocation plans to protect their access to the European Union.