|Editorial Commentary – A fall-back to ‘No Deal’, if the UK’s ‘Soft Offer’ is rejected, is not as ‘bad’ as Remainers have ‘painted’|
So it looks like the ‘sabotaging’ of the minority supported Remainers has ‘overturned’ what the majority (Brexiteers) voted for in the Referendum and we will be a ‘rule taker’ rather than a ‘rule maker’ into the future.
The EU will press even harder to make us accept the worst deal possible in order to prevent any other EU country from considering leaving the EU. They will endeavour to ‘cherry pick’ while giving little in return.
But what if the EU starts trying to retain their control of fishing rights in UK waters in the negotiations? Will that be the ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’ and force the UK to go to a ‘No deal’ option?
There is no doubt that loss of fishing rights will have a ‘devastating impact on the French & Irish fishing industry. At present, Breton vessels conduct 50% of their activities in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Irish realize 30% of their catch in British waters (EditCom; Further look at the report by European Committee of the Regions (CoR) detailing the consequences of Brexit on trade & the economy in the EU27 regions & cities )
So the second (so far minor) part of the recent Cabinet position ‘agreement’ of actively preparing for ‘No Deal’ is an important part of our negotiating position and many believe is a very viable option (BfB: Evidence-based policy or fake news? Ten economic propositions made by Remain ~ OE: The significance of London’s financial cluster for the EU27 ~ BfB: The Government should ignore the special pleading from business by John Longworth )
With No Deal, we could even impose our solution to the RoI – NI border, which the EU’s own report has said would ‘work’ (EditCom: We know it could work, but we don’t want you to gain your ‘freedom’ to do trade deals or stop having to contribute £bns to the EU! )So really there is no good reason for the UK to just accept further major demands from the EU without pointing out that they also have much to lose in a ‘no deal’ situation. Ironically it may be the RoI that ends up losing the most as a ‘reward’ for allowing the EU to use the Border issue as a main negotiating position!