The Tories promised an ‘oven ready’ Brexit deal at the last General Election. They told that public to expect an “ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership”, which would entail “no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors”, and safeguard “workers’ rights, consumer and environmental protection”.
The government also committed to a “broad, comprehensive and balanced security partnership” and to protect the Good Friday Agreement through proper implementation of the Norther Ireland Protocol.
Boris Johnson must now deliver on these promises in order to protect jobs, secure our food and medical supplies, and protect our citizens’ safety and security. Now is not the time to put those things at risk.
We should not add to the economic damage of Covid-19, with a deal which harms the economy further. A deal which strays significantly from the terms agreed in the Political Declaration will make life considerably harder for British businesses and supply chains already grappling with the economic challenges of the pandemic.
The 15th October is now the third deadline Boris Johnson has set himself which he’s then missed. It’s becoming a habit. Initially he said a deal with the EU would be sorted by July, then September, and then this week. He is incompetent and letting down our country.
It’s time for the government to fulfil its pledges to the British people and secure the deal that was promised.