When Theresa May announced her most recently negotiated Brexit deal, it faced immediate pushback from the DUP, from Labour, and even from May’s own cabinet. Nearly every political party said something along the lines of ‘we will not vote for this deal’, meaning it has essentially no chance of passing.
The fundamental issue is that the UK has little-to-no real negotiating power. It’s a poker game where the EU has a royal flush, and the UK has three cards from UNO, and a community chest from monopoly. The fact May has weaselled a few benefits out of negotiating is somewhat impressive; under her deal we’ll still be able to holiday in the EU without a visa, ex-pats will maintain their rights, and (for those in favour of capping immigration) the UK will be able to better manage its borders.
The deal, however, is not a good one for the economy. A report by LSE (London School of Economics), King’s College, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies claims it could leave the economy up to 5.5 percent smaller in ten years. A separate article from the Financial Times states it could cost every person in the UK up to £2,000 a year, which is seven percent of the median national income, or 142 Unisex Tigger onesies in size small… It’s not beneficial for the country to make this deal, but at least it’s better than a ‘No-Deal Brexit’.
Don’t take this as a complement to Theresa May; she remains a power-hungry and shameless politician who’s only in this situation because she cared more about adding ‘Prime Minister’ to her CV than about the needs of the British public. That said, with her own party full of Family Guy versions of British people (Boris and Rees-Mogg in particular), maybe we’re lucky. Meanwhile, Corbyn is once again putting ideology above the people, and the Lib Dems/SNP/Greens/whoever are contributing about as much as Ringo did to writing songs for the Beatles. The country is in shambles, the deal is awful, but we’re at the point where we might just have to accept it. Sadly, it could be the best we’re going to get.